Killing bono

Killing Bono is a comedy film directed by Nick Hamm, based on Neil McCormick’s 2003 memoir Killing Bono: I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger.


The story of the birth of U2 and the hapless friend who missed out on world stardom was filmed widely in Belfast city centre under the shadow of Cave Hill. The city’s Cathedral Quarter was sealed off for filming on a wet Sunday.


Lower Donegall Street (pictured) was made to re-create London’s Whitechapel area complete with famous Routemaster bus, punk posters, CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) symbols, posters of the era including ‘clunk click’ for the new seatbelt laws, black London taxis and Ford Cortinas.


The film stars Ben Barnes as Neil McCormick, Robert Sheehan as Ivan McCormick, and Martin McCann as Irish singer Bono. It also features the late Pete Postlethwaite in his final film role.


The soundtrack Killing Bono which has been described as an “Irish music-based comedy” was written by Castledawson singer/songwriter Joe Echo who worked with Madonna on her single Celebration.


The movie was funded by Northern Ireland Screen.