Under the Skin
- 1h 48min
- Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
- Written by: Michel Faber (novel), Walter Campbell (screenplay)
- Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin
- UK release: 14 March 2014
An alien in human form (Johansson) picks up unwary travellers in Scotland. Glazer's adaptation of Michel Faber's novel is a genuinely unique, full-on sensory experience that leaves you dazed, disturbed and full of questions, aided no end by Johansson's believable 'otherness' and her character's infectious fascination with the world.
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Reviews & features
The Hot 100 2014: The Year in Scottish Film11 Dec 2014
Filmmaker and critic Eddie Harrison reflects on some ups and downs for Scottish cinema
If 2014 was billed as Scotland’s decisive moment in politics, it was a year of ducking the big questions in terms of cinema. Scottish film production still depends on public subsidy, and with uncertainty about funding, 2014 saw little progress on any…
Under the Skin producer Jim Wilson on secret filming in Glasgow18 Feb 2014
'We thought people would recognise it was Scarlett Johansson in a van in Scotland, but nobody did'
‘One of [director Jonathan Glazer’s] dreams was to have Scarlett [Johansson] carry out the action of the film spontaneously and improvising, and you couldn’t do that with a camera visibly attached to the vehicle. So, the task was to create a way to film…
Interview: Jonathan Glazer delves Under the Skin14 Feb 2014
In addition to Scarlett Johansson's alien character, the film features secretly-filmed Glaswegians
Under the Skin is nothing if not accurately named: once seen, it will burrow into your consciousness. It has been described as both sci-fi and horror, but the word that most accurately captures its unsettling tone is ‘alien’. That’s apt, because in the…
Under the Skin14 Feb 2014
Jonathan Glazer's Michel Faber adap is a genuinely unique, full-on sensory experience
It has been ten years since British director Jonathan Glazer’s last film – the understated, enigmatic Birth – and for much of that time he has been working away at this adaptation of Michel Faber’s cult novel. It has been time well spent, as Under the…
Scarlett Johansson's co-star nervous about nude scene14 Nov 2012
Scarlett Johansson's 'Under the Skin' co-star was nervous about appearing naked in front of her. Scottish actor Paul Brannigan had to strip off completely for scenes with the brunette beauty in the new thriller, and admits he didn't find the experience…
Hollywood film productions boost Glasgow's economy by £20m16 Feb 2012
Cloud Atlas, Under The Skin and World War Z all shot in Scotland
Big-budget films starring the Hollywood elite helped generate more than £20m for Glasgow's economy in 2011, with several film production companies choosing the city as a location. A-listers Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Scarlett Johansson have all recently…
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