WE WERE ONCE KIDS
Eddie Martin / Australia / 2021 / 91 min
The cult film ‘Kids’ was a scandalous succes in 1995. But the semi-documentary about young, sex-crazed skaters in New York had big consequences for the cast, who finally speak out 25 years later.
In 1995, everyone was talking about ‘Kids’. Larry Clarke’s semi-documentary about a group of young skaters in New York was an international scandal and a massive success, nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and causing a furore for its transgressive portrayal of teenage sex, violence and drugs. 25 years later, the cast tell their own version of the story, and it’s not pretty. ‘We Were Once Kids’ is a tale of solidarity, delusion and exploitation. The young people were cast on the street for a film where few in the audience could tell reality from fiction. And once the film hit, it was too late to draw the lines.