Welcome to Felons on Film, a bi-weekly podcast presented by Geek Hard that looks at films based on real life crimes. Join hosts Andrew Young and Elspeth McRobb as they see what happens when true crime meets artistic license and explore murder and thievery on the silver screen.

For this Episode of Felons on Film, Andrew and Elspeth check out the 2013 John Krokidas film, Kill Your Darlings. The story is about the college days of members of the Beat Generation: Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac. The film follows their first interactions, and Carr’s killing of his long-time friend David Kammerer in Riverside Park in Manhattan, New York City. The fallout of the murder makes up the bulk of the second half of the film.

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever.

Kenneth Chisholm, imdb.com

Kill Your Darlings played Sundance and TIFF in 2013 and received favourable reviews from critics. The film was lauded for its depiction of the beat movement from a more inquisitive angle. The characters’ genius is never assumed. The chemistry between actors Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan was also given praise. But what did we think of it? Was the dramatic realism enough to hook us on the beat? Listen as Andrew and Elspeth dissect Kill Your Darlings for your enjoyment! Andrew also doles out some clever puns that go right over Elspeth’s head. It’s all happening on Felons on Film!

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