KILL YOUR DARLINGS
About the Production
Ginsberg. Kerouac. Burroughs. And Lucien Carr. The last name may be less familiar, but the real-
life character was the linchpin who first brought together these three icons of American literary
and cultural revolution in a galvanizing drama of murder and obsession.
"People have been fascinated with these guys for the past 50 or 60 years," says KILL YOUR
DARLINGS director and co-writer John Krokidas, "But we wanted to approach this not as a
biopic about these three legendary writers, but rather as a story of who they were as
adolescents -- awkward, still trying to figure out who they really were. In 1944, when Allen
Ginsberg was 17 turning 18, when Burroughs was 29 going on 30, they still hadn't written a
word. For us, what was fascinating was not so much the great men that they would become,
but the insecure adolescents and young adults who were trying to figure out that greatness
In 1944, Allen Ginsberg was a nervous, straitlaced freshman at Columbia University. Jack
Kerouac was a washed-up college running back who had lasted all of eight days in the U.S.
Navy. William S. Burroughs was a medical school dropout, former door-to-door insect
exterminator and budding drug addict, hanging on the fringes of the New York bohemian scene
after following Lucien Carr and David Kammerer, friends from his native St. Louis, to
Manhattan. But within months of their coming together to declare and pursue their 'New
Vision' for art and literature, Kammerer was dead, stabbed in the heart by his former protege
and lover, Carr.
Shot from a script by director Krokidas and Austin Bunn, KILL YOUR DARLINGS features a
compelling young ensemble that includes Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter series) as the
young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Jack Kerouac, Ben Foster (The
Messenger) as William S. Burroughs, Dane DeHaan (In Treatment) as Lucien Carr and Michael C.
Hall (Dexter) as David Kammerer. Rounded out by a supporting cast that includes Elizabeth
Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Margot at the Wedding), Kyra
Sedgwick (The Closer) and David Cross (Arrested Development), KILL YOUR DARLINGS delivers a
picture of the nascent Beat Generation that we've never seen before, and tells the true story of
the emotional crucible that shaped its voice and vision.
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