For her first feature, writer/director Gillian Ashurst (Venus Blue) wanted a “big wide road movie; big skies; big long roads.” Cruising the Canterbury landscapes are small-town dreamers Alice (Heavenly Creature Melanie Lynskey) and Johnny (future Almighty Johnson Dean O’Gorman). The duo’s adventures go awry after encountering a charming American cowboy. Reviews were generally upbeat: there was praise for the talented cast, plus Ashurst’s ability to mix moods and genres. Snakeskin won five awards at the 2001 NZ Film and TV Awards, including Best Film and Cinematography.
With music by The Renderers (opening song), Salmonella Dub, Pitch Black, Epsilon Blue, Shaft, Space Dust, Darcy Clay, King Loser, Bill Wolfgramm and his Islanders, The Terrorways, Mr Reliable, The Subliminals, Chloe, Nancy Sinatra, Mama Cass, Brother Love, Dock Boggs, and Robert Gordon