Award-winning filmmaker John Krokidas makes his feature directorial debut in the provocative biographical drama film Kill Your Darlings, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. Set in the 1940s, the film tells the previously untold true story of friendship and murder that led to the birth of the Beat Generation, bringing together the three great poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Starring Daniel Radcliffe from the Harry Potter film franchise as Ginsberg, the thriller features an ensemble cast that includes Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Elizabeth Olsen. Kill Your Darlings premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as Grand Jury Prize nominee. The film was also the official selection of the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals, taking home the Venice Days International Award.
The year is 1944 and Allen Ginsberg is a young college student enrolled at Columbia University where he finds stuffy tradition clashing with daringly modern ideas and attitudes. There the shy, unsophisticated Ginsberg becomes drawn to his handsome, charismatic, anti-establishment classmate Lucien Carr. Alongside Carr, Ginsberg is soon drawn into his hard-drinking, jazz-clubbing circle of friends, including aspiring writers William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. An older hanger-on named David Kammerer, who is in love with Carr, clearly resents Ginsberg’s position as Lucien’s new sidekick. When Kammerer is mysteriously murdered, it changes the lives of these friends forever -- setting the stage to throw traditional values to the wind and sparking the birth of the Beat Generation.
Exclusively available on the Kill Your Darlings Blu-ray Combo Pack is a special “On The Red Carpet” featurette, showcasing the film’s talent at the Toronto Film Festival. The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes never-before-seen deleted scenes and the featurette “In Conversation with Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.” Fans can learn even more about the film in a Q&A session with director/co-writer Krokidas and co-writer Austin Bunn, as well as a commentary featuring Radcliffe, DeHaan, Krokidas and Bunn.
- Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg
- Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr
- Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac
- Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs
- Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer
- Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker
- Jennifer Jason Leigh as Naomi Ginsberg
- David Cross as Louis Ginsberg
- Kyra Sedgwick as Marian Carr
- David Rasche as Dean
- John Cullum as Professor Steeves
- Q&A with Director/Co-Writer John Krokidas and Co-Writer Austin Bunn
- In Conversation with Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan
- Commentary with Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, John Krokidas and Austin Bunn
- On the Red Carpet at the Toronto Film Festival
- Deleted Scenes
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