Thursday, 23 July 2009
Spanning the last 30 years of South Africa 's apartheid system, SKIN is
based on the extraordinary true story of Sandra Laing (Sophie Okenodo), who
was born black to two white Afrikaner parents, unaware of their black
ancestry. She grows up in a sheltered environment on a rural farm, loved
and nurtured by her father (Sam Neill) and mother (Alice Krige).
Reality sets in when she is thrown out of the all-white boarding school her
brother also attends, and is reclassified by the state as 'coloured': Sandra
will not have the same opportunities as everyone else in her family. Her
parents immediately seek to have her legally classified "white" again,
setting in motion a battle that ultimately gives Sandra the strength and
self-awareness to embrace her identity and cultural legacy as an African
woman. Directed by Anthony Fabian, SKIN stars Sophie Okenodo, Sam Neill and
SKIN is one of the most moving stories to emerge
from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing is a black child
born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry.
Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community,
who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl.
But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society.
The film follows Sandra’s thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance,
betrayal to reconciliation,
as she struggles to define her place in a changing world
- and triumphs against all odds.
The film is produced by Anthony Fabian, Margaret Matheson and Genevieve
Hofmeyr. The executive producers are Simon Fawcett, Robbie Little, Laurence
Paltiel, Alasdair MacCuish, Moses Silinda and Hellen Kalenga. The
screenplay is by Helen Crawley, Jessie Keyt and Helena Kriel.
SKIN can be seen at the Odeon Kettering Northamptonshire, from Friday 24 July 2009