Produced by Film 4/Tapson Steel Films and broadcast by Channel 4 in 1996.
Written by Sarah Kane
Directed by Vincent O’Connell
Produced by Nick Love
Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey
Starring Ewen Bremner and Marcia Rose.
Vincent’s third short film as director, Sarah’s script provoked predictable howls of protest, but the film travelled the world and won a host of international prizes including Best Short Film at the Chicago Film Festival, and was nominated for a Golden Bear at Berlin. It tells the story of Billy, an angst-ridden skinhead, and his violent love affair with Marcia, a West Indian woman. A raw, poetic account of violent love and redemption.
Much has been written about Sarah, but Vincent has only ever participated in two interviews about her. One was a BBC Radio 4 documentary on the 10th anniversary of her death, which can be listened to here, the other was with Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian, which you can read here and part two here
Vincent is now making a feature film which tells the story of the making of this short film. Called ‘Second Skin’, it revisits the film, the people involved in making it, and the themes that arise from that. It is also a reflection on the too short life of Sarah Kane.
And here’s a version of the film that created all the fuss…(cleaner version now uploaded).
Comments are open below, as there seems to be a demand for discussion on this film.