UK Produced ‘Skin’ starring Sophie Okonedo to open in the UK next Friday (24th July). See the trailer here.
Produced by UK based Elysian Films and starring UK born actress Sophie Okonedo, ‘Skin’ is a portrayal of the remarkable life of Sandra Laing, a dark skinned girl born to Afrikaan parents in South Africa during the Apartheid era. Intriguingly, Okonedo’s own upbringing was not too dissimilar to Laing’s
“What interests me is that I’ve been brought up in a white family, and, being black myself, I can really relate to that side of it – questioning your heritage and where you’re from; asking, “Is this really my parent?” Particularly when you’re young, and everyone says, “That can’t be your mum.” Nowadays everyone’s mixed race, it’s not such a big deal, but in the 70s when I was growing up it was more unusual. I used to say, “Mum, am I adopted?” So I can really relate to that – knowing something’s not quite right but not being quite sure what it is. My mother’s Jewish, so my family is Jewish, and it was hard to believe this young girl with a huge afro had a Jewish mum. But nowadays, anything goes.”
Sophie Okonedo was talking to The Guardian and you can read the rest of the interview here.
Watch the trailer to Skin below. If anyone has seen it already and would like to submit a review to be published on Kush Blog, get in touch.