North American Premiere of Killing Bono has been announced! Killing Bono is in the official selection for the Seattle International Film Festival and will be making it’s North American Premiere on Thursday 2nd of June 2011! With over 400 films spanning three weeks, SIFF is one of the largest and longest running US film festivals featuring a diverse assortment of predominantly independent and foreign films from around the world.
Killing Bono – review
The real-life story of rivalry over teenage bands – one of which turns out to be U2 – makes for an entertaining, fun movie, writes Peter Bradshaw
Based on a true story and written for the screen by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, Killing Bono is a good-natured, boisterous comedy with a Likely Lads feel. Ben Barnes plays Neil McCormick, a rock-mad Dublin teenager who grows up with Paul Hewson, later to be the legendary Bono. Both are in sixth-form bands, but when Hewson tries to get Neil’s talented guitarist brother Ivan (Robert Sheehan) to be in his group, Neil secretly scuppers this plan. Cruel fate takes its course. Hewson’s band become the world-famous U2, but Neil’s group remain failures and losers; Neil is convulsed with envy for his old school friend and guilt at stopping Ivan from getting his ticket to global fame. Martin McCann gives an interesting and sympathetic performance as Bono; Peter Serafinowicz has a funny cameo as a hard-faced promoter and Pete Postlethwaite gives a final, gentle performance as gay landlord Karl.