Skin: Film #146 of Film 365

Saturday 24th March 2012

Director: Anthony Fabian
Year: 2008
Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Alice Krige, Sam Neill, Tony Kgoroge

After nearly a month, I finally found the time to sit down and watch one of the many movies we still have recorded and waiting to be watched. I didn't want anything too long, so Skin looked like an interesting enough drama that fitted the bill.

Skin is based on the true story of a black girl, Sandra Laing (Okonedo), who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa in the 1950s. Unsurprisingly, then, this film is all about the effects of apartheid, and how Sandra suffered because of the rules in place in South Africa at the time.

Skin is a very emotional film, and at times made me properly angry that this is something that was happening less than 50 years ago. But then, that's the point. It's a very engaging story, and well played by all the actors involved. Sam Neill was especially convincing as Abraham Laing, Sandra's father.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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