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Snakeskin (2001)

A hitchhiker takes two kids on the ride of their dreams, but they soon learn that their newfound hero is just as capable of delivering nightmares.

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Gillian Ashurst

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Lynskey ... Alice
Boyd Kestner ... Seth
Dean O'Gorman ... Johnny
Oliver Driver ... Speed
Paul Glover Paul Glover ... Terry
Charlie Bleakley ... Owen
Gordon Hatfield Gordon Hatfield ... Tama
Taika Waititi ... Nelson (as Taika Cohen)
Jodie Rimmer ... Daisy
Adrian Kwan ... Subaru
Jacob Tomuri ... Robbie
Frances Bol Frances Bol ... Swedish Hitch Hiker
Katerina Daniels Katerina Daniels ... Tama's Mum
Violet Faigan Violet Faigan ... Waitress / Space Dust
Nathan Ponio Nathan Ponio ... Pool Player
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Alice (Lynskey) lives in suburban Christchurch, the 'safest place in the world', but she longs for an adventure of American proportions (guns, murder, sex, drugs etc). Her best friend Craig (O'Gorman) changes his name to Johnny because Craig isn't heroic enough for Alice. He is in love with her and waiting for her to settle down so that he can be with her. She likes hanging out with him because of the hot as car he did up himself, a convertible Valiant. Together they roam the roads around SE NZ picking up hitchhikers and looking for excitement. One day they pick up Seth, an American Texas type, with snakeskin boots and a cowboy hat. He is on the run from a gang of skinheads who he stole money from, a Mr. Trippy truck with a couple who he stole a whole crap load of drugs off, and a big Moari dude on a motorcycle. Alice is immediately enchanted by Seth, Johnny jealous. Seth tricks Alice into taking a trip with him. The chase leads them away from their home and toward the hazardous roads... Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2001 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

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Alice: Still, I liked hanging out with him, especially since he got the car. He spent a year doing it up, just so as we could go out driving and pretend like we were on route 66. This wasn't easy because we lived in New Zealand. There were no scorpions and no snakes, no gansters, people didn't carry handguns. It seemed to me like the safest. fucking. country in the world. And I hated it.
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Connections

References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Doris Day's Calamity Jane
Written by Ed Morris (as E O'Strange)
Control
Performed by Chloe
Courtesy of Blue Smoke Music
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NZ Road Film come of age.
1 August 2001 | by snotter-1See all my reviews

Kiwis have this really odd approach to our films. We automatically assume that if a film has come from the States, and if it's showing in Hoyts, then it's better than anything ever made in New Zealand, let alone the smelly ol' Mainland.

As Snakeskin aptly shows, this is damn wrong, and it's fitting that it uses the Kiwi appropriation (obsession) with the American Dream as its central theme. In fact, the characters know more about Elvis and Marrilyn ("The patron saints of America guiding us on our journey") than about the small plastic Tiki they have in their car.

It's a very clever, very well directed, *excellent* film. With a kicking soundtrack. This is very important.


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