Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

John Krokidas (2013)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Daniel Radcliffe puts more clear water between himself and Harry Potter with a finely mature performance as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who's here embroiled in a real-life pre-Beat murder case that involved the stabbing to death in dubious circumstances of one gay man by another. Both moved in a circle of gay college camaraderie that, in addition to Ginsberg, also involved William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). The title derives from a college professor's recommendation that, if our young wunderkinds really want to write revolutionary poetry and prose, they should toss aside all the old lovey-dovey stuff. Sexy and self-aware, with a 1940s-style Brat Pack feel, it's less intense and work-driven than Howl, and less dull and self-indulgent than On the Road, recent films which also sought to capture pivotal moments in the 40s and 50s Beat movement.


A young Allen Ginsberg joins a circle of radical artists that has grown around charismatic firebrand Lucien Carr. However, when an aspiring writer is ostracised by the group, there are violent consequences and Ginsberg faces a difficult choice when Carr is charged with his murder. Fact-based drama, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Ben Foster.

Cast & Crew

Allen Ginsberg Daniel Radcliffe
Lucien Carr Dane DeHaan
David Kammerer Michael C Hall
Jack Kerouac Jack Huston
William Burroughs Ben Foster (1)
Louis Ginsberg David Cross (2)
Naomi Ginsberg Jennifer Jason Leigh
Edie Parker Elizabeth Olsen
Dean David Rasche
Marian Carr Kyra Sedgwick
Director John Krokidas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The WorksAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Dec 2013