Snakeskin (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGillian Ashurst
Written byGillian Ashurst
Produced byVanessa Sheldrick
CinematographyDonald Duncan
Edited by
  • Marcus D'Arcy
  • Cushla Dillon
Music byJoost Langeveld and Leyton
Release date
  • May 2001 (2001-05) (Cannes Film Market)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryNew Zealand

Snakeskin is a 2001 New Zealand road thriller film directed by Gillian Ashurst. The story focuses on Alice (Melanie Lynskey) and her best friend Johnny (Dean O'Gorman), who embark on a road trip across New Zealand. Along the way they pick up an American hitchhiker named Seth (Boyd Kestner), who is on the run from a gang of skinheads (led by Oliver Driver) and a group of drug dealers.

Snakeskin screened at the 54th Cannes Film Festival,[1] before opening in New Zealand cinemas on 11 October 2001. Critics praised its production values and acting, with Variety calling Lynskey's performance "excellent".[2] The film won six New Zealand Film Awards in 2001. It has never had an official release in the US or the UK, but has played on television in both territories.



  • 2002 AFI Los Angeles Film Festival – Nominee for Grand Jury Prize[3]
  • 2001 New Zealand Film Awards (Wins)
    • Best Film
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Computer Generated Images
    • Best Editing
    • Best Original Music (Joost Langeveld and Leyton)
    • Best Contribution to a Soundtrack (Dave Whitehead)
    • Also nominated for: Best Actress (Lynskey), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Makeup, Best Supporting Actor (Glover)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "1st Review of the Melanie Lynskey starring New Zealand film SNAKESKIN!!!". Ain't It Cool News. 30 July 2001. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  2. ^ Stratton, David (18 May 2001). "Review: 'Snakeskin'". Variety. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  3. ^ Snakeskin (2001) – Awards