Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
With this year's Jewish International Festival underway, SWITCH has checked out the program - click here to read our reviews.x
review, Skin, Skin, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp, Louisa Krause, Zoe Colletti, Kylie Rogers, Colbi Gannett, Mike Colter, Vera Farmiga, Guy Nattiv, Biography, Drama

SKIN

★★★

INSIDE THE MIND OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Chris dos Santos
5th June 2019

At this years past Oscars, director Guy Nattiv won Best Live Action Short Film for ‘Skin’ and while it shares a similar name and cast, has no direct link to this feature film. Both pieces deal with racist skinheads in America whose main targets are the African American community. The short tries to emphasise both sides violence acts, but it just comes off as extremely problematic and insensitive. It has the message that both sides are as bad as each other and illustrates it through black face... yikes. So going into Nattiv’s feature-length film, I was extremely concerned and hesitant considering how he had already handled this material. Thankfully, the feature version of ‘Skin’ offers much more to its audience.

‘Skin’ is based on the true story of Bryon Widner, played here by Jamie Bell (‘Rocketman’, ‘Billy Elliot’), who has been raised among a group of white supremacists. However when he meets Julie Price (Danielle Macdonald, ‘Patti Cake$’, Netflix's ‘Dumplin’’) and begins to fall in love with her and her three young girls, he learns the life he was brought up in isn't as he seemed.

'SKIN' TRAILER

The cast here is incredible. Jamie Bell really sinks his teeth into his role in an extremely transformative performance. You really can feel him being pulled between the two worlds and the struggle he goes through. Once again, Danielle Macdonald proves her talents are becoming stronger with every role she gets, and you really sympathise with her taking care of three kids and how important they are to her. The supporting cast is also extremely talented, all really sucking you into this crazy world and really showing the negative and positive environments in Bryon’s life. Standouts are Vera Farmiga (‘The Conjuring 2’ universe, ‘Godzilla II: King of the Monsters’) and Bill Camp (‘Molly's Game’, ‘Red Sparrow’) as Bryon's parents who both leave you feeling so uncomfortable with some of the ways they recruit new members.

Jamie Bell really sinks his teeth into his role in an extremely transformative performance.

Of course, the uncomfortable feeling throughout comes from a racist being reformed, an extremely tough and sensitive topic. For the most part, the film does a good job at showing the consequences of your actions, and that a lot of these people are not good people.

Overall, the film does leave it up to audience to decide how they feel about the whole story, although it definitely wants you to sympathise with Bryon and the change he goes through. ‘Skin’ is a film worth checking out to start a conversation about these issues and whether a racist can really be changed.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 2h 0m
CAST: Jamie Bell
Danielle Macdonald
Daniel Henshall
Bill Camp
Louisa Krause
Zoe Colletti
Kylie Rogers
Colbi Gannett
Mike Colter
Vera Farmiga
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Guy Nattiv
PRODUCERS: Al Corley
Jonathan Dana
Pierre Even
Oren Moverman
Guy Nattiv
Marie-Claude Poulin
Bart Rosenblatt
SCORE: Dan Romer
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Looking for more Sydney Film Festival reviews? Click here to check out our collection of this year's highlights.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham's action-packed spinoff
TRENDINGWIN FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAWDwayne Johnson & Jason Statham's action-packed spinoff
Sliders: The Complete Collection - The entire classic sci-fi series in one big box set
TRENDINGWIN SLIDERS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTIONThe entire classic sci-fi series in one big box set
Judy & Punch - A fierce, darkly comic and epic revenge story
TRENDINGWIN JUDY & PUNCHA fierce, darkly comic and epic revenge story
Farming - Caught between two worlds in an mournfully true story
TRENDINGWIN FARMINGCaught between two worlds in an mournfully true story
Charlie's Angels - A new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
TRENDINGCHARLIE'S ANGELSA new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
And Then We Danced - A passionate and remarkable classic in the making
TRENDINGAND THEN WE DANCEDA passionate and remarkable classic in the making
Emu Runner - Another great win for Indigenous storytelling
TRENDINGEMU RUNNERAnother great win for Indigenous storytelling
Greener Grass - A deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
TRENDINGGREENER GRASSA deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
The Irishman - Kissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
TRENDINGTHE IRISHMANKissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
Lion - A raw and powerful journey of identity
TRENDINGLIONA raw and powerful journey of identity
Jewish International Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
TRENDINGJEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
God of the Piano - A tale that tickles the ivories
TRENDINGGOD OF THE PIANOA tale that tickles the ivories
School of Seduction - Husband hunting in Russia
TRENDINGSCHOOL OF SEDUCTIONHusband hunting in Russia
Double Lover - Softcore pornography for cinephiles
TRENDINGDOUBLE LOVERSoftcore pornography for cinephiles
Ford v Ferrari - A racing biopic that's right on track
TRENDINGFORD v FERRARIA racing biopic that's right on track
Never Look Away - An artistic and spiritual epic
TRENDINGNEVER LOOK AWAYAn artistic and spiritual epic
Five Feet Apart - Breathing borrowed air and clichés
TRENDINGFIVE FEET APARTBreathing borrowed air and clichés
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
Doctor Sleep - Here’s 'The Shining' Stephen King has been waiting for
TRENDINGDOCTOR SLEEPHere’s 'The Shining' Stephen King has been waiting for
NT Live: Fleabag - The birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
TRENDINGNT LIVE: FLEABAGThe birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us