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Skinflicker

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Skinflicker

Tony Bicât’s radical, found-footage record of a revolutionary act, in which three dissidents kidnap a cabinet and torture a cabinet minister.

Drama 1972 41 mins

Director: Tony Bicât

Overview

Presented as found footage à la The Blair Witch Project, this chilling and provocative fake home movie presents the story of three dissidents and their plan to commit a revolutionary act on film. Will Knightley (father of Keira) plays one of the guerrillas who kidnap and torture a cabinet minister.

Tony Bicât and scriptwriter Howard Brenton explore the consequences and co-option of political violence with hard, grubby directness. Pre-punk in its semi-nihilistic attack on bourgeois values, this is strong stuff.