A story of friendship and murder that led to the birth of an entire generation.
Set in the 1940’s during the early days of the literary revolution, KILL YOUR DARLINGS is a true crime thriller based on the previously untold story of a murder that implicated the men who went on to become the great poets of the Beat Generation; Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Based on actual events and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, KILL YOUR DARLINGS tells how these young men first meet at Columbia University in 1944. A story of friendship, obsession, jealousy and genius, their self-proclaimed brilliance is stained by the brutal murder of David Kammerer, which both consecrated and fractured their early fellowship.
A film by John Krokidas, who won the ‘Director to Watch’ award at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Woman in Black) in a breakthrough, career-defining performance as the 18-year-old Allen Ginsberg, KILL YOUR DARLINGS also features a terrific ensemble cast including Dane DeHaan (Place Beyond The Pines, Spiderman 2), Ben Foster (The Messenger, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under, Dexter), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Mr Nice), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Synecdoche New York, Greenberg) and Kyra Sedgwick (Man on a Ledge, The Closer).
KILL YOUR DARLINGS has been on the receiving end of critical acclaim at a number of film festivals this year including Sundance; was selected as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival; was the winner of the International Award in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival and is also in contention for the Sutherland Award for best first feature at the forthcoming 57th BFI London Film Festival.