New U2 movie Update

The feature film, entitled “Killing Bono”, is being made in and around the city over the next six weeks. Waring Street and Lower Donegall Street have been dressed to portray a vision of London in the late 1970s. Traffic diversions will be in place on Sunday and Monday but rush hour traffic will not be affected by the filming. The film, which has been described as a “music-based comedy”, is set during U2’s formative years in north Dublin and London. It is based on the memoirs of Bono’s schoolfriend, Neil McCormick, who is now a music critic for the Daily Telegraph newspaper. “Killing Bono” tells the story from the point of view of the rather less successful rival band which he set up with his brother in the late 1970s. The film is directed by the Belfast-born director Nick Hamm and has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen, with help from Invest NI. It is hoped the film will be released in the summer of 2010.