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Powerful Australian Drama 'Skin Deep' Coming Soon

The film will screen in a selection of Australian cinemas.


One of Australia’s most original and poignant dramas, the award winning, festival favourite Skin Deep, will screen in a selection of Aussie cinemas with a special event Q&A series from Sunday 24th January 2016.

In the gritty setting of King Street, Newtown in Sydney's colourful Inner West, troubled gay University student Caitlin Davis (Monica Zanetti) meets Leah (Zara Zoe), a straight and straight-laced young woman from the other side of town. Although the unlikely pair are reluctantly thrown together by circumstance they discover a surprising natural bond. When Leah reveals she's actually dying of cancer, Caitlin sets them out on a “Bucket list” style journey through Newtown, determined to help Leah come to terms with her illness and possibly find some meaning for herself.

Skin Deep is the directorial feature debut of award winning VCA graduate, Jonnie Leahy, and was recently recognised as Best Indie Film by After Ellen and was singled out for honourable mention in the Narrative Competition at The Austin Film Festival 2014. It received a nomination for Best Original Feature Film at the AWGIE Awards in 2015, and this year screened at the MiFo Film Festival in Florida, the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and many others.

Producer Rosie Lourde said, “Skin Deep is a darkly comical, but ultimately inspiring, urban adventure story that many Australians will relate to. It follows the raw and tender journey of a young woman discovering the courage to embrace life as she comes to terms with her diagnosis of terminal melanoma. As Leah’s adversary and confidant in this journey, Caitlin confronts similar issues around acknowledgement and self-acceptance – revealing how similar we all are beneath the surface, no matter how we appear on the outside. We are humbled by how touched the test audiences have been by this film and we are excited to bring this beautiful story to Australian cinemas.”

The film represents a strong push for women in cinema, with female acting leads, and a female writer and producer. The film’s writer and actor, Monica Zanetti, has garnered great praise for her efforts in bringing to light her personal experiences with Melanoma and raising awareness of the deadly cancer.

Skin Deep will be showing at selected cinema’s along the East Coast of Australia.


What: Exclusive screening hosted by Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS),

When: Sun 24 January, 8pm

Where: The Golden Age Cinema with Monica Zanetti, Zara Zoe and Rosie Lourde 

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What: Special “Hometown” Q&A with Monica ZanettiJonnie Leahy, Zara Zoe & Rosie Lourde 

When: Monday 25 January 6.30pm

Where: Dendy Newtown 

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What: Special Q&A with Monica ZanettiJonnie Leahy, Zara Zoe & Rosie Lourde 

When: Wednesday 27 January 6.30pm

Where: Dendy Canberra 

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What: Special Guest Q&A with Monica Zanetti and Ketty Ellen (The Sweet Little Army) 

When: Friday 29 January 7pm

Where: New Farm Cinema Brisbane



What: Director Jonnie Leahy & Producer Rosie Lourde Special Q&A

​When: Saturday 6th February 7pm

Where: Palace Westgarth

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Watch the trailer for Skin Deep below

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