Skin (2008)

Skin (2008)

Skin (2008)

A South African apartheid true-story drama about Sandra Laing, an African child born in the 1950s to Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents (Sam Neill and Alice Krige) are rural shopkeepers who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’daughter.

Sandra is sent to a boarding school in the neighbouring town of Piet Retief, where her (white) brother Leon is also studying, but parents and teachers complain that she doesn’t belong. She is examined by State officials, reclassified as ‘coloured’, and expelled from the school. Her parents fight through the courts to have the classification reversed and the story becomes an international scandal. Thus begins Sandra's thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance.

As an adult, Sandra is played by Sophie Okenedo (Hotel Rwanda).

2008107 minsUK, South Africa
DramaTrue Story & Biography

Skin (2008) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

One of the more bizarre illustrations of racial injustice under apartheid is dramatized in Skin.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Alas, Mr. Fabian, directing his first feature-length fiction film, uses a club whenever a feather would do. He also mishandles the actors, in particular Mr. Neill and Ms. Okonedo, both of whom have been incomparably better elsewhere.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider.

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Newshub

Newshub

Sam Neill is back on the big screen, sporting facial hair and a South African accent, in a new film called Skin.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Too many of the characters are either good or bad, and that loss of nuance is missed.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The fact that it's actually based on a true story adds an extra layer of poignancy, heightened further by another superb Sophie Okonedo performance.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

Extreme conditions breed exceptional stories. Just as countless dramas sprang out of Nazi Germany, there are a plethora of tales to come out of apartheid-era South Africa.

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