For her first feature, writer/director Gillian Ashurst 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). But the duo’s adventures go awry after encountering a charming American cowboy. Reviews were generally upbeat: praising 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.
World premiere on 20 July 2001 at the Auckland leg of the NZ International Film Festival
General New Zealand release on 11 October 2001
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