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Mara Wilson, who shot to fame as a child star in Hollywood, talks candidly about her experiences in Alex Winter's Showbiz Kids. (HBO/Sky)
Mara Wilson, who shot to fame as a child star in Hollywood, talks candidly about her experiences in Alex Winter’s Showbiz Kids. (HBO/Sky)

“For most of my adult life I’ve wanted to try and convey this experience which I’ve never really seen presented the way I experienced it,” says director Alex Winter of Showbiz Kids, his new documentary chronicling the grey areas of childhood stardom.

Debuting on Sky Atlantic earlier this week, Winter – himself a former child star who shot to fame as time-travelling dude Bill alongside Keanu Reeves’ Ted in 1989’s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – delves deep into the glitzy early years of a host of stars to tell a soberingly down-to-earth story of youth and fame. Having previously helming documentaries like 2012’s Napster tale Downloaded and 2015’s illegal online trading expose Deep Web, it’s this latest project which features input from Westworld’s

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