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The Kids Unclassified 18+

Director: Eddie Martin
Country: Australia (2021)
Language: English

Viewer advice: Contains suicide themes


Award-winning filmmaker Eddie Martin (Have You Seen the Listers?, MIFF 2018) revisits the cultural landscape of Larry Clark’s iconic 90s film, which paved a bumpy path for its young stars’ future success.

In 1995, the coming-of-age drama Kids propelled the American independent film scene in a daring new direction. Finding inspiration from New York City’s skateboarding scene, it shocked audiences and critics alike with its depictions of teenage drug use and unsafe sex. Kids memorably launched the acting careers of then-unknowns Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson and Leo Fitzpatrick, but it also featured a number of kids for whom fame proved to be more burden than blessing.

In his Tribeca-premiering fifth documentary feature, Martin draws together archival footage and interviews to reveal just what happened to those other ‘kids’ from Clark’s film, including Justin Pierce and Harold Hunter, who died young and in tragic circumstances. Probing the fine line between celebration and exploitation, publicity and pressure, The Kids examines a vanished cultural moment and the cost of being thrust into the spotlight with no safety net.

“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 … Fascinating and daring, befitting the legacy of its departed stars.” – The Playlist

In Cinema

Wed 11 Aug 8:30 pm [18321]
The Kids (90 mins)
Hoyts 10
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 15 Aug 7:15 pm [24531]
The Kids (90 mins)
Pentridge Coburg 12
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
This session is bookable on a pass

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Director
Eddie Martin
Producer
Shannon Swan
Screenwriters
Eddie Martin, Hamilton Harris
Cinematographer
Hugh Miller
Composer
Michael Yezerski
Editor
Shannon Swan
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Umbrella Entertainment

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