Take a look at the trailer released for Skin, an upcoming hard-hitting drama starring Jamie Bell as a white supremacist.
Based on the true story of reformed white power skinhead Bryon Widner, the film follows a young man (Bell) who decides to leave the white supremacist gang he became a part of during a difficult childhood. Leaving isn’t going to be easy, as he attempts to escape a ruthless group that refuses to let him go without punishment and a past that has stained him in more ways than one.
Bryon’s story was explored in 2011 in a one-hour MSNBC documentary titled Erasing Hate, which saw him undergoing painful treatments to remove the hate-representing tattoos he had exhibited to the world for more than half his life. This looks like a tough film that could pack a punch, and another showcase of Bell’s ability to take on a variety of different roles. We’re a long way from Billy Elliot here. There’s a strong cast, including talented Aussies Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$) and Daniel Henshall (Snowtown), Vera Farmiga and Mike Colter (Luke Cage).
Skin, directed and written by Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, who won a Best Short Film Oscar this year for his unrelated 21-minute effort of the same name, will hit limited US cinemas on July 26.
Official synopsis for Skin:
After a difficult childhood drives him into the grasps of a white supremacist gang, Bryon (Jamie Bell, delivering a visceral, explosive performance) tries to escape to a new life, all the while questioning whether he’s capable of undoing—and repenting for—the evil he’s done.
Filmmaker Guy Nattiv, whose short film of the same title won the Academy Award earlier this year, makes his English-language feature debut with this galvanizing story of transformation, inspired by actual events.