While he is attending Columbia University in 1944, the young Allen Ginsberg’s life is turned upside down when he sets eyes on Lucien Carr, an impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate. Carr opens Ginsberg up to a bohemian world and introduces him to William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Repelled by rules and conformity in both life and literature, the four agree to tear down tradition and make something new, ultimately formulating the tenets of and giving birth to what became the Beat movement. On the outside, looking in, is David Kammerer, a man in his thirties desperately in love with Carr. When Kammerer is found dead, and Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr are arrested in conjunction with the murder, the nascent artists’ lives change forever.
Daniel Radcliffe fearlessly takes on the role of the young Ginsberg on a journey of discovery—to find his sexuality and his voice as a writer. Cowriter/director John Krokidas takes on this less-explored early chapter of the Beats and captures the period with visual flair, kinetic energy, and imagination. Kill Your Darlings is the riveting true story of a crime, a friendship, and the nexus that spawned a cultural movement. - K. Y.
About the Director
John Krokidas received his BA in theatre and American studies from Yale University before attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. He wrote and directed two short films while at NYU. The first, Shame No More (1999), played at more than 70 film festivals, and the second, Slo-Mo, screened at the Telluride Film Festival and the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Krokidas has written screenplays for Universal Studios, Miramax, and producers Bruce Cohen (Milk) and Alan Poul (The Newsroom). Kill Your Darlings marks his feature directorial debut.
Cast and Credits
Director: John Krokidas
Screenwriters: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas
Producers: Michael Benaroya, Christine Vachon, Rose Ganguzza, John Krokidas
Cinematographer: Reed Morano
Editor: Brian A. Kates
Production Designer: Stephen H. Carter
Composer: Nico Muhly
Costume Designer: Christopher Peterson
Principal Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen
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