Killing Bono

It isn’t every day you get to take photographs of famous actors on a real life film set but in a unique twist of fate I had the opportunity to take photos on the set of music comedy Killing Bono. This chance occurrence didn’t arrive due to my photographic ability but the fact we were approached to be used as a set for a number of scenes.

The production company hope the film will be in cinemas later this year and it promises to be brilliant. Killing Bono is the american title of the book “I was Bono’s Doppleganger” by Neil McCormick currently the Daily Telegraphs rock critic. The tagline of the book says it all Some are born great. Some achieve greatness. Some have greatness thrust upon them. And some have the misfortune to go to school with Bono.

Killing Bono tells the story of the author, (Neil McCormick) a young punk in Dublin in the 1970s, whose ambitions went way beyond mere pop stardom. It was his destiny to be a veritable Rock God. He had it all worked out: the albums, the concerts, the quest for world peace. There was only one thing he hadn’t counted on. The boy sitting on the other side of the classroom had plans of his own. The problem he faced was sharing the same class as Bono.

As Bono and his band U2 ascended to global superstardom, his school friend Neil scorched a burning path in quite the opposite direction.

Featuring guest appearances by the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono offers an extremely funny, startlingly candid, and strangely moving account of a life lived in the shadows of superstardom.

Being on the set of Killing Bono was a phenomenal experience and the hours of preparation and set up where an education at the very least. It was weird to meet some the biggest names in the film industry over the course of a weekend. Local legend Mark Huffam (he produced Saving Private Ryan) is producing the film with Nick Hamm (Godsend) directing what promises to be one of the best musical comedies of this decade. Nick has a palpable dedication to this film and he is clearly determined to making it into an epic. His thoroughness to every second is stunning, he is focused and speaks his mind to the value of the film.

Killing Bono Set

I, like many of the extras we were looking after gained a newfound and worthy respect for those who work in the film industry and it can only been considered a privilege to have been involved in the Killing Bono film even in such a small way.

This is the only photo I can post at this stage but I have a number of photos of Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan the Young U2 etc in the pipeline once the production company has granted permission to post them.

Killing Bono promises to be a rival to The Commitments and High Fidelity, a comedy biopic that every self respecting music fan has to at least see once.

A massive thanks to Nick, Mark and the production team for giving me permission to explore film photography.


  1. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the pics on the set. Please post them as soon as you had the go signal from the production team. I haven’t read the book but I’m gonna grab one now. The tagline you mentioned in the book was hilarious!

  2. Thanks for this little peek! I have been following this production for a while now and am excited to see it finally taking shape. Neil McCormick’s book is a funny and sometimes heart-breaking story. Can’t wait to see how it plays out on film (and whether or not it will still be recognizable as his book Killing Bono.)

  3. Thanks for sharing, David. Very interesting. They have been filming more and more movies in the Portland (OR) area – it can be very surreal when you see your hometown pretending to be somewhere else on the big screen. For me, it was the opening of Twilight. When Bella and her father are driving through downtown Forks, WA … they are really driving through Vernonia, OR.

    All the best,


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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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