|Directed by||Vincent O'Connell|
|Written by||Sarah Kane|
|Starring|| Ewen Bremner |
Tapson/Steel Films for British Screen
Channel 4 Films
Skin is an 11-minute short film directed by Vincent O'Connell and starring Ewen Bremner and Marcia Rose.Produced by Tapson/Steel Films for British Screen and Channel 4 Films (now Film4 Productions), it was filmed in September 1995. The screenplay was written in the summer of that year by British playwright Sarah Kane.
It was first screened at the London Film Festival in October 1995, and was later given its television debut on Channel 4 at 11.35pm on 17 June 1997. An original airtime of 9.40pm was pushed back after television executives became worried about the depiction of violence and racism in the film,Vincent O'Connell was nominated for a Golden Bear award in the category "Best Short Film" for the film at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival.
The film's screenplay was only Kane's second work, written after her 1995 debut Blasted but before 1996's Phaedra's Love . The screenplay appears in the complete collection of Sarah Kane's work, Sarah Kane: Complete Plays, published in 2001 by Methuen.
Bremner and Rose, who had never met prior to making the film, became romantically involved during its shooting, and subsequently had a child together.
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