Raised by two ardent white supremacists, Bryon bears hatred deep in his heart – and visibly on his skin: even this young skinhead’s face is covered in tattoos, many of which feature right-wing slogans and symbols. But then he meets and falls in love with mother-of-three Julie who has just turned her back on the right-wing scene. Deciding that he too wants to get out, he seeks help from human rights activist Daryle. But Bryon’s racist ‘family’ will not let him go.
In Skin, Israeli director Guy Nattiv brings together an outstanding cast to tell, in oppressively authentic images, the true story of Bryon Widner who broke out of the scene and whose change of heart found a physical expression: in an extremely painful procedure, Widner spent months having most of his tattoos removed.
by Guy Nattiv
with Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Vera Farmiga, Bill Camp, Mike Colter, Zoe Colletti, Colbi Gannett, Kylie Rogers, Louisa Krause, David Henshall
USA 2019 English 117’ Colour


  • Jamie Bell (Bryon)
  • Danielle Macdonald (Julie)
  • Vera Farmiga (Shareen)
  • Bill Camp (Fred)
  • Mike Colter (Daryle)
  • Zoe Colletti (Desiree)
  • Colbi Gannett (Iggy)
  • Kylie Rogers (Sierra)
  • Louisa Krause (April)
  • David Henshall (Slayer)


Written and Directed by Guy Nattiv
Cinematography Arnaud Potier
Editing Lee Percy
Music Dan Romer
Sound Lew Goldstein
Production Design Mary Lena Colston
Costumes Mirren Gordon-Crozier
Make-Up Stephen Bettles
Casting Laura Rosenthal
Assistant Director Ben Kahn
Producers Guy Nattiv, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Jaime Ray Newman, Oren Moverman, Dillon D Jordan

Produced by

New Native

Maven Pictures

PaperChase Films

Sight Unseen

Guy Nattiv

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1973, he studied at the film and television department of the Camera Obscura School of Art in the same city. As a director he made short films and commercials for international companies for over ten years. His short film Mabul (The Flood) screened at the 2002 Berlinale where it won a Crystal Bear. From this work he developed a feature film of the same name which also screened in the Generation section. In 2004, Panorama presented his short film Strangers (with Erez Tadmor). His short film by the name of Skin has been nominated for an Oscar; his full-length film Skin is the first feature film he has made in the USA.


2002 Mabul (The Flood); short film 2003 Strangers; short film, co-director: Erez Tadmor · Strangers; short film, co-director: Erez Tadmor 2006 Offside; short film, co-director: Erez Tadmor · Offside; short film, co-director: Erez Tadmor 2007 Strangers; co-director: Erez Tadmor · Strangers; co-director: Erez Tadmor 2010 Mabul · Mabul (The Flood) 2014 Magic Men; co-director: Erez Tadmor · Magic Men; co-director: Erez Tadmor · Dear God · Dear God; short film 2018 Skin; short film 2019 Skin 2021 Life, Unexpected; short film 2023 Golda

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023