The Kids

Directed by Eddie Martin
88 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Twenty-six years since Larry Clark’s notorious indie cult classic Kids, Australian director Eddie Martin revisits the original cast in this fascinating doco. Selected for Tribeca 2021.
Kids was one of the most talked-about and controversial films of the 1990s. It is Lord of the Flies with skateboards, nitrous oxide and hip-hop,” according to the New York Times. Feted photographer Clark shot his debut feature with a cast of then-unknown New York teenagers, including filmmaker Harmony Korine, and actors Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny. But what happened to the rest of the kids? Martin (All This Mayhem, SFF 2014) tracks the lives of the cast members, during and after the shoot, who didn’t hit the big time. In this unflinching look at an iconic film of the ’90s, Martin explores difficult questions that continue to surround the film.

Eddie Martin’s documentary All This Mayhem (SFF 2014) won Best Direction in Documentary at the AACTA Awards and was nominated for the Special Jury Award at Sheffield DocFest. His other award-winning films include Jisoe (2005), Lionel (2008) and Have You Seen the Listers? (2017).
As a cautionary tale – and a stark reminder of how working-class kids are so often exploited by the privileged and entitled – Martin’s film is sobering stuff: captivating and compassionate.
Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies
This film may change the way you look at Kids, but its greater purpose is to change the way you think of its lost boys.
Kristy Puchko, The Playlist
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award, First Films
Unclassified 15+
In English
Eddie Martin
Shannon Swan
Eddie Martin, Hamilton Chango Harris
Hugh Miller
Shannon Swan
Australian Distributor
Umbrella Entertainment
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