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Skin (2008)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 24 July 2009 (UK)
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Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Director:

Anthony Fabian

Writers:

Helen Crawley (screenplay), Jessie Keyt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Okonedo ... Sandra Laing
Sam Neill ... Abraham Laing
Alice Krige ... Sannie Laing
Tony Kgoroge Tony Kgoroge ... Petrus Zwane
Ella Ramangwane Ella Ramangwane ... Young Sandra
Terri Ann Eckstein Terri Ann Eckstein ... Elsie Laing (aged 19)
Bongani Masondo Bongani Masondo ... Henry Laing (aged 20)
Dan Robbertse Dan Robbertse ... Factory Foreman
Jeremy Crutchley ... Hugh Johnston
Jonathan Taylor ... TV Sound Recordist
Nomathamsanga Baleka Nomathamsanga Baleka ... Factory Worker 1 (as Thami Baleka)
Valesika Smith Valesika Smith ... Factory Worker 2 (as Valesica Smith)
Faniswa Yisa Faniswa Yisa ... Nora Molefe
Hannes Brummer Hannes Brummer ... Leon Laing
Zamanthebe Sithebe Zamanthebe Sithebe ... Young Thembi
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Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Quotes

Young Sandra: Upon seeing Elize with a bloody nose: What happened? Tell me.
Elize: I told Annie you wern't black and she hit me.
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Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Unknown & Cedar Rapids (2011) See more »

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Let Freedom Reign
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Back In The Bad Old Days
8 August 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

Anthony Fabian's 'Skin'is a powerful drama of South Africa's shameful history of white colonial Apartheit rule,that was thankfully overthrown. The story starts in 1965 when a young ten year old girl, Sandra has been thrown out of school for being black,despite the fact that she is of white,European parents. Her father,Abraham (played by screen veteran,Sam Neill)fights to get her back in school,by challenging the South African courts to insist that she's white). When he is unsuccessful,the family resigns to the fact that their daughter has to deal with the burden that she will be treated badly,because she is regarded as black. As the years go by,Sandra (now played as an adult by Sophie Okonedo,who absolutely shone in 'Hotel Rwanda')has grown into a beautiful woman,who is desired by one of the black locals, which disturbs Abe much (Abe is as much a vile racist as the rest of the population of the town). The rest of the film spans over a twenty plus year time frame that tells much of South Africa's social history,set against Sandra's tempestuous own personal history. The cast is rounded out by Alice Krige (as Sandra's long suffering mother,Sannie),Tony Kgorogue,as Sandra's lover & father of her children, who turns out to be hot tempered & abusive toward Sandra, as well as a cast of South African actors that turn in shining performances. The screenplay (written by Helen Crawley,Jessie Keyl & Helena Kriel) makes the most out of what was easily a dark period in South Africa's social history (and what some,even to this day,would love nothing better than to do but bring back). Rated PG-13 by the MPAA,this film contains some strong language,brief nudity & sexuality,and some truly disturbing images of racist fueled violence.


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Release Date:

24 July 2009 (UK) See more »

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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