Under the Skin

Under the Skin (15) film screening, 23 February

Under the Skin

Hoylake Community Cinema, Wirral, 23 February

Aliens in white van in Glasgow

A rare screening of Under the Skin (15)

Lauded by critics as ‘a masterpiece’, Under the Skin is a 2013 British science fiction film by Jonathan Glazer, known for his ground-breaking Direction of many award-winning TV advertisements, including the ‘White Horses’ Guinness advert.

Hollywood sci-fi this is not… it is instead a modern British Classic.

Loosely based on Michel Faber’s 2000 novel. Starring Scarlett Johansson, it was named one of 2014’s best films, won a European Film Award for best soundtrack and ranked 61st in the BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.

A lifeless body, carried to a van by a mysterious motorcyclist, is stripped by the main character (Johansson) who dons her clothes, assuming her persona. She trawls the streets of Glasgow in a white van, studiously observing people. It becomes clear that she is looking for loners and she engages her first victim in pleasant conversation, enticing him to her ‘home’ where he naturally assumes sex is on the cards. However, he is trapped in an abyss of black liquid…

As the film progresses, she begins to question her own identity and purpose, while seemingly becoming ever more ‘human’; feelings of emotion, empathy and curiosity entering her mind. Her confusion leads to a vulnerability… she no longer appears to be an ice-cold predator with a single purpose…

As Glazer wanted the film to feel realistic, most characters were played by non-actors, but the casting was nonetheless carefully considered; the motorcyclist was championship motorcycle road racer, Jeremy McWilliams, as the film required a “world-class” motorcyclist capable of riding through the Scottish Highlands at high speeds in bad weather.

The filming methods are unconventional, using guerrilla filmmaking and hidden cameras and, for many of the shots, Johansson drove round Glasgow in a huge van interacting with unsuspecting locals – who did not initially realise that this was part of the film. Almost the entire film was shot in Scotland.

Doors open 6.30, film starts 7.30. Licensed bar open till 11pm.

There is a licensed bar selling homemade snacks and there will be a quiz after the film.

The Parade Community Centre has full disabled access and is induction loop enabled for the hard of hearing. This event will be extremely popular, so early booking is strongly advised. It is very unlikely that tickets will be available on the door.