When Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2013) was given its world premiere at last year’s 70th Venice Film Festival, the UK director was hoping for a powerful reaction and he duly got one. As part of the audience started to boo, a larger section cheered and applauded. Glazer’s films often provoke extreme responses amongst audiences and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Inspired by Michel Faber’s novel, Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as a nameless alien who drifts across modern day Scotland in a van picking up and seducing men before luring them to their death. Glazer was intrigued by the premise of the book – an alien living amongst us – and over that decade of development searched to find the essence that he would take from it for the screen.
Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is out now on DVD and Blu-ray, courtesy of the film’s UK distributors StudioCanal.