It’s inspired by Kids and This is England
Jonah Hill loves skate culture – check his breakthrough as a hypebeast fashion icon and Palace collaborator – and now he’s directing a coming-of-age story about a young skater kid growing up in the 90s.
The aptly named Mid90s is Hill’s directorial and writing debut. It stars Sunny Sulji (of The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Katherine Waterston, and Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird, the upcoming gay conversion therapy flick Boy Erased). Having worked with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Judd Apatow, and had a multi-genre mega-career, there’s high hopes placed on Hill’s debut feature.
"Skateboarding’s always been put on screen as a joke or an '80s cowabunga kind of trope, and it’s more in the tone of Kids or This Is England. Those are kind of the movies that I’m influenced by the most,” Hill previously told Collider. This is pretty interesting – Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s 1995 film Kids provided a day-in-the-life snapshot of teenagers living through the AIDs crisis, capturing young hedonism and painful, complex relationships. Shane Meadows’ era-defining This is England from 2006 zoned in on young skinheads in the 80s. They’re both raw and searingly honest looks at specific youth subcultures. From the trailer alone, Hill's film delves into toxic, broken family relationships and passionate young friendships.
Mid90s is set to hit cinemas in October, and slap bang in Oscar film season, it looks like it could go all the way.
Watch the exciting trailer below.