Skin by Robin S. Boyd: The Skinny Short Film Competition 2015

Shortlisted in The Skinny Short Film Competition 2015, director Robin S. Boyd explains the ideas, inspirations and processes behind his film Skin

Video | 10 Aug 2015

Filmmaker's Statement

Shot in one day, edited in three (including writing all of the music/score from scratch) and made on a zero budget, Skin is a controversial short film made to showcase a variation of interest in film, fashion and music video.

Skin follows the journey of a teacher and his student as they pursue their on-the-run relationship but soon, due to mounting pressure from the media and police, are forced to question the fate of both their relationship and themselves. Inspired by true events.


Where did the initial idea for your film come from?
The idea behind Skin is to showcase an interest in not just short film, but also in music video and fashion film. Skin is loosely based on a true story that was largely publicised in the media a few years back, when a teacher and his 15-year-old student fled their homes and families to pursue their relationship in France, only to be met with a nationwide manhunt and vast media coverage.

I wanted to try and step aside from the common assumptions we all make when we hear or read about relationships of this nature and try to understand the emotional attachment and sense of togetherness that two people would feel under these circumstances, what would drive them to act as they did, and how far they would actually go to immortalise their love.

Describe your film in five words?
A stylistic, thought-provoking genre amalgamation.

What excites you most about film-making?
I have always been fascinated with the idea of being able to create something that has the power to influence and appeal to human emotions.

What advice would you give other filmmakers?
Surround yourself only with people who share your enthusiasm and who better your creativity, self and vision.


Written and directed by Robin S. Boyd and Amat Amas Amo

Abbey Northey
Amat Amas Amo

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