SKIN DEEP (1995)

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Skin Deep leads us into worlds where people are never what they appear to be. It is a riveting psychological drama about obsession, relationship and sexuality.

As Alex Koyama prepares to shoot an exploitation film about tattooing and the culture of pleasure and pain, the world around her exists only to serve her film. She initiates a dangerous and threatening game when Chris Black responds to her ad in a tattoo magazine. For Alex, this is living research, and she ignores the fact that Chris is deeply disturbed and gender-disoriented. This denial escalates into a psychological battle between Alex and Chris which alters their lives forever – because in a world of illusion, reality is the biggest lie.

Produced in Association with Studio D, of the National Film Board of Canada and with the participation of Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage: Multiculturalism Program, National Association of Japanese Canadians, Special Projects Fund, Racial Equity Fund – OFDC & LIFT, the Toronto Lesbian & Gay Appeal

Hamburg International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Principal Credits

  • Director: Midi Onodera
  • Co-Producers: Phillip Ing, Mehernez Lentin, Midi Onodera
  • Producers NFB: Ginny Stikeman, Silva Basmajian
  • Screenplay: Midi Onodera, Barbara O’Kelly
  • Casting Director: Marissa Richmond
  • Production Designer: Bill Layton
  • Composer: Kathryn Moses
  • Editor: Sarah Peddie
  • Director of Photography: Robert MacDonald
  • Production Manager: Ian Robertson
  • 1st Assistant Director: Susan Woodward, Neil Huhta
  • Gaffer: Eddie Milkolic
  • Key Grip: David Pamplin, Richard Emmerson, Nick Brooks
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Robert Barnett
  • Sound Mixer: Robert Woolfson
  • Costume Designers: Kevin Stewart, Meileen Son Hing
  • Make-up: Ava Stone
  • Hair Stylist: Nobert Patrick
  • Sound Editing Supervisor: Jane Tattersall
  • ADR Editor: Janice Ierrulli, Alastair Gray
  • Dialogue Editor: Catherine Hutton
  • Sound Effects Editor: David McCallum, John Smith
  • Foley Artist: Steven J. Baine
  • NFB Re-recording: Shelley Craig
  • Neg-Cutter: Catherine Rankin
  • Title Design & Opticals: Film Effects
  • Casting Consultant: Deirdre Bowen
  • Consultants to the Production: Deepa Mehta, Susan Martin
  • Camera & Lighting by: PS Production Services
  • Lab Services: Film House
  • Film Stock: Kodak Canada Inc.

Principal Cast

  • Natsuko Ohama
  • Keram Malicki-Sanchez
  • Dana Brooks
  • Melanie Nicholls-King
  • David Crean

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