Made in Canterbury opens with a gala screening of NZ film, Snakeskin.
Filmed against the backdrop of the Canterbury landscape, Alice (Melanie Lynskey) and Johnny (Dean O’ Gorman) are a couple of suburban kids, cruising the highways searching for adventure, old enough to know what they’re doing – young enough to get it wrong.
Alice is the product of a TV generation-her ordinary life can’t compare with her celluloid dreams. Johnny can’t escape the undercurrent of his generation and is frightened by the prospect of mediocrity. Their paths cross with an American cowboy in snakeskin boots, Seth (Boyd Kestner), looking for a ride. Seth takes the kiwis on the trip of their dreams, but they soon discover this snake can create nightmares, and in the heart of the Southern Alps, these kids are about to pay.
Snakeskin is directed by Gillian Ashurst and won five awards at the 2001 NZ Film and TV Awards, including best film.
Snakeskin was digitised with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission’s Digitisation Programme.
Please note this film is rated R16.