Sam Neill discuses complexity of ‘Skin’

New Zealander and award winning actor Sam Neill is pulling double duty for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, appearing in two of the festival’s official selections. Namely, the provocative drama, Skin, and the comedic drama, Dean Spanley.

Based on the real life story of Sandra Laing, the film reveals how Sandra was born to two white parents in apartheid-era South Africa with dark skin and dark, curly hair. Because of apartheid rules, the government didn’t know how to deal with her, setting off trouble at home and throughout her community.

Sophie Okonedo stars as Sandra, with Alice Krige appearing as her mother.

The star of Jurassic Park, and television hits as The Tudors, and the 1998 TV movie, Merlin, sat down with me to discuss his performance as Abraham Laing in Skin, the difficult nature of the story, and what the role meant to him.

Neill also chats with me about Canada’s film industry, and his next film, Under The Mountain.

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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls.In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.