Softcover | First Edition | 160 pages
Published by Faber and Faber Limited, 1995.
The visual book of Larry Clark's iconic first film, Kids. The book consists of photographs plus the original screenplay. 'Kids' acts as a day in the life of a group of teenagers in New York City during the mid-1990s. Written by Harmony Korine, directed by Clark and starring Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Rosario Dawson and Jon Abrahams, the film was a raw display of disaffected youth, complete with sex, drugs, violence and skateboarding.
"Well, I always wanted to make the teenage movie that I felt
America never made – the great American teenage movie, like the great American novel. That's what I always wanted to do. I remember back in the fifties when I was a kid, and the teenage movies were like City across the River and Amboy Dukes. I would see those movies and I would say, Those kids don’t look like kids, they’re all like older people, like grown-ups. So right away they don't ring true. That's why some of the teenage movies that I do like – Over the Edge – the reason why I liked that movie was that they used kids the right age, they actually used kids. Real kids. I knew my film had to be from the inside, so I called this kid writer I knew through skateboarding, and he came over and I told him what I wanted, and he said, I've been waiting all my life to write this, and he knocked out the screenplay in three weeks. I think when you see the movie Kids that most of us – not all of us, but most of us – will say, Yeah, that's the way we were, that's the way the kids are." – Larry Clark.