Skin

    • Rhys Graham
    • Australia
    • 2008
    • 24 min
    • International Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
    Geoff is a 62-year-old Australian who's turning his body into his magnum opus. When he was 42, he got his first tattoo of a flower and decided to add to his collection every year. Along with his regular tattoo artist Ex de Medici, he's in the process of perfecting his body. Now that he's retired, his arms can finally be marked with permanent ink, too. The eventual goal is to turn his entire skin into a "suit of flowers." By the way, Geoff has another ambition: when he dies, he wants his skin to be exhibited in a museum. What follows are meetings with a doctor, a curator and someone who knows how to strip off skin. Apparently, there are no medical or legal restrictions to this unusual wish. Geoff's skin is his property, his identity. Rhys Graham's short documentary Skin is part of the Australian trilogy Anatomy, which also includes the short documentaries Muscle and Heart. The connecting element is body art.

    Credits

    • 24 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: English
    Director
    Rhys Graham
    Production
    Michael McMahon for Big and Little Films, Tony Ayres for Big and Little Films
    Cinematography
    Katie Millwright
    Editing
    Andy Canny
    Sound
    Natasha Gadd

    IDFA history

    2008
    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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