“A measured and harrowing central performance from Sophie Okonedo...
Her anguish lingers long after the end credits roll.”
- Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily
"This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider. This isn't one of those potted stories of uplift and doesn't end quite the way we expect, although we do get to see the real Sandra Laing right at the end."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
"Of the innumerable, untold family tragedies that followed the imposition of the racist restrictions of the apartheid regime, the story of Sandra Laing is one of the most devastating. Skin tells her story with deep compassion and, for all its starkness and tragedy, it is a work of great beauty and inspiration."
Barry Ronge, The Sunday Times (South Africa)
"The journey to racial tolerance, which some people take for granted, has not been easy and over the years many people have struggled with the idea of accepting others as equals. It is within this context that all South Africans should be happy that a movie has been made that tells this story of race and racial tolerance which, thankfully, is slowly taking root in our society ."
Edward Tsumele , The Sowetan, South Africa
"The English actress Sophie Okonedo plays Sandra from age 17 to recent times. She takes her from shy kid to young mother to mature woman, through an amazing series of travails. At each turn, things become both more absurd and more tragic. Fabian has done a superb job. It's a scarifying, haunting film; Laing's story is brutal and the film never softens that. She survived, but what a price she paid."
Paul Byrnes, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
""We've all seen movies and TV shows based, or supposedly based, on true stories, but I can't remember the last time one of them affected me quite like the South African movie, SKIN."
Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out report
"To get a sense of just how deep the lingering effects of institutionalized racism must run, take yourself to Anthony Fabian's Skin, a powerful and compelling drama based on a true story that still resonates."
Marshall Fine, Huffington Post review
"In the end, SKIN isn't a movie about skin at all, but the indomitability of the human spirit." - Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post review
"If ever there were a true-life tale that laid bare the laws of South African apartheid in all their arbitrary lunacy, it's the one dramatized in Anthony Fabian's straight-ahead biopic of Sandra Laing" - Ella Taylor, Village Voice review
"A South African family is divided by race." - Betsy Sharkey, LA Times review
"It isn't just the inhumanity of apartheid that's illustrated in "Skin," but the out-and-out lunacy of laws and classifications intended to keep blacks and whites apart." - Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle review
ABC Drive-Time Radio, Perth, Australia. Listener Margaret Roberts rates the film "Six out of five."
Lisa Jensen, Good Times Santa Cruz review
Jonathan Valdez, Encore Magazine
Cary Darling, Dallas News review
Ted Fry, Seattle Times review
Seattle Post Globe review
Stars Studio report
Eur Web review
The World NPR Radio Interviews with Anthony Fabian and Sandra Laing
AFI Dallas Interview with Anthony Fabian and Alice Krige
Film Forward review
KUCI Film School - podcast with Anthony Fabian
Daily Bruin Interview with Anthony Fabian
Dr. Joy Review
Entertainment Weekly review
The Power Player Magazine
IndieWire Q&A with Anthony Fabian
Epoch Times review
The 123.net Interview with Anthony Fabian
Film Journal review
Giant Mag review
Interview Magazine Interview with Anthony Fabian
Black Beat/Right On Magazine capsule review
My Mosaec Q&A with Anthony Fabian and Sandra Laing
Yahoo Japan Audio Interview with Anthony Fabian
The Loop review
Essence Interview with Sandra Laing
Spirituality and Practice Review
UN Radio Interviews with Anthony Fabian and Sandra Laing
The Jewish Journal Interview with Sophie Okonedo
William Gooch Sound on Sight interview with Anthony Fabian
Cole Smithey report
James van Maanen, Trust Movies
Huffington Post Dan Persons' podcast interview with Anthony Fabian
Women and Hollywood Interview with Sandra Laing
Good Prattle Interview with Sophie Okonedo
Ticket Stubz reiview
Coming Soon review
Alex Roberts review
BV on Movies Interview with Sophie Okonedo
Alternative Film Guide review
Clutch Magazine Interview with Sophie Okonedo
Hollywood Go review
Movieline Interview with Sophie Okonedo
KPFK Interviews with Sandra Laing, Anthony Fabian and Alice Krige
Contra Costa Times review
Leonard Maltin review
Campus Circle reivew
Movie Dearest review
An Indian persective: Anthony Fabian interview in Indian Express
Channel Four Television
Sophie Okonedo is interviewed on GMTV, ITV
Sandra Laing: The outcast "Sandra Laing was a black baby born to white parents at the height of apartheid. The hatred, rejection and heartache she suffered at the hands of the authorities, her teachers and her family sent shock waves across the world." Chrissy Iley, Sunday Times
"This powerful drama tells an important story from apartheid-era South Africa with honesty and real sensitivity. And the cast makes it thoroughly gripping by never playing it safe." - Rich Cline, Contact Music
"Powerful apartheid drama with a strong script, intriguingly complex characters and terrific performances from Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill and Alice Krige." - Matthew Turner, London View
"This quietly intelligent drama, based on a true story, finds a new way of dramatising race, class and society in apartheid-era South Africa, and it boasts fine performances by Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill and Alice Krige as a family whose refusal to conform was either heroic or tragi-comic or merely dysfunctional. Or perhaps all three." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Anthony Fabian's film tells such a bizarre story it could only be based on the truth. Sophie Okonedo – herself raised by white parents – devotes herself admirably to the part." - Anthony Quinn, The Independent
"An apartheid story no one would screen" - UK Independent editorial by Arifa Akbar, Arts correspondent
"In an increasingly mixed society keen to break down barriers, shouldn’t there be more enthusiasm for diversity in film?" - UK Times editorial: Skin - the movie and the obstacle
Sophie Okonedo on growing up with a huge afro and a Jewish mum, her new film Skin, and why she's excited about playing Winnie Mandela
The Guardian Film and Music Podcast with Andrew Pulver
Skin - BBC World Service
We review 'Skin' - the new award-winning South African movie starring Sophie Okenedo and Sam Neill. The film tells the true story of Sandra Laing who was born in Piet Retief, a small conservative town in apartheid South Africa. The newspaper columnist Hannah Pool, who is Eritrean by birth but adopted by white British parents, comes into the studio to review it for us.
Tri-Continental Film Festival - One of South Africa's first sneak previews of SKIN
"In today’s PC world it’s easy to forget the absurdities of apartheid rules, or the way they still influence how we regard each other."
- Theresa Smith, Cape Argus Tonight
“A stirring allegory... Director Anthony Fabian's heartfelt attentions keep the picture on the right emotional track.”
- Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
Reviews from Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 08"A remarkably accomplished first feature"
"This is a powerful movie. See it — but go prepared."
Reviews from AFI Fest, Los Angeles
"Director Fabian’s debut is focused, well crafted, and free of sermons. "
"Okonedo gives an outstanding performance as a woman forced to live in two worlds under the blistering rule of Apartheid. She’s so convincing that you hang on to her every word and movements."
"Skin is an extraordinary movie that respects the complexity of the issues involved."
"..looks at the hurtful legacy of apartheid in South Africa.."