22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

We Were Once Kids

Australia, 2021: 91 minutes: Canadian Premiere
Archives 2021
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Nov 24 9:30 PM Buy
Stream on Demand
Available to watch November 24-28


A strikingly personal documentary about the real life individuals who inspired Larry Clark’s 1995 cult classic KIDS.

In the early 1990s, before New York City’s mass gentrification, a group of disparate youth ventured outside their broken homes into the city’s brutal streets. United by skateboarding, they cultivated a family and built a unique lifestyle that ultimately inspired Larry Clark’s 1995 groundbreaking film KIDS. The crew became overnight commodities, thrust into the mainstream spotlight. Left adrift under the bright lights, some discovered transcendent lives and careers, while others, abandoned and unequipped to handle fame, suffered fatal consequences.

Tribeca 2021
Sydney Film Festival 2021
Melbourne International Film Festival 2021

Eddie Martin is one of Australia’s leading documentary filmmakers. His debut film JISOE (2005) was praised as “one of the best, most significant documentaries to be produced in Australia”. LIONEL (2008) was nominated for two AFI awards. ALL THIS MAYHEM (2015) was produced in association with Vice Films, followed by HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS? (2019). WE WERE ONCE KIDS (2021) is Eddie’s most recent film, and premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.

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press for We Were Once Kids

"Dissects what was always dubious about KIDS – how Clark trumpeted the film as unvarnished truth about modern teens while shamelessly glamorising his characters’ bad behaviour."
- Screen Daily
"A powerful documentary that's truly hard to forget. Martin does a terrific job of giving the opportunity for them to tell their story. It's just a shame it took so long."
- Film Inquiry


Documentary / Coming of Age / Biography / Cult

91 minutes


Eddie Martin

Shannon Swan
Hamilton Chango Harris
Caroline Rothstein
Jessica Forsyth

Eddie Martin
Hamilton Chango Harris

Hugh Miller ACS



WINNER: Special Jury Prize – Documentary Feature

Winner Best Editing, Tribeca Film Festival 2021