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Snakeskin, directed by DEGANZ members Gillian Ashurst and co-edited by Cushla Dillon, returns to the big screen as part of a specially curated line-up of retrospective films to honour Bill Gosden, former director of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF).

Starring Melanie Lynskey, Snakeskin follows two people bored of mundane suburbia who hit the road in search of adventure. Gosden wrote of Snakeskin when it ran at the Festival in 2001, “Bold, funny, sexy and macabre, Gillian Ashurst’s juicily cinematic first feature boots the cinema of unease into the new century…”

Snakeskin is one of eight films selected to screen as part of The Bill Gosden Tribute. The Tribute is a collection of some of Bill’s favourite films screened previously during his 40-year reign as director. In addition, a book to mark one year since his passing, titled The Gosden Years, is available for purchase from November 11 and is a record of his enormous legacy at the helm of NZIFF, including curated film notes and programme introductions.

We are delighted at the chance to see Snakeskin once again on big screens in parts of the country. To see if it’s screening in your town, head to the NZIFF website. Congratulations Gillian and Cushla!