I've just been to a special showing of the film Under the Skin, which included a Q&A with Michel Faber, the author of the book on which the film was based.
The film was as strange and disturbing as the book (which, fifteen years on, still makes me shudder as I drive up the A9, where much of the book is set).
The movie is moved to Glasgow, and features Scarlett Johansson. I think if I hadn't read the book, I wouldn't have had a clue what was going on.
Johansson was amazing, but frankly the film was twice as long as it needed to be. There were lots of fairly repetitive bits, and things which didn't quite hold together for me.
One other thing about the movie. Scarlett Johansson is very beautiful. And would never have thought it possible that she could put one of sex. But the movie manages it.
But a very interesting film, nonetheless.
One of the strangest things was finding myself standing next to Michel Faber in the gents after the film and before the Q&A.
We had a brief conversation, which was basically me telling him how powerful I had found found the book, and him expressing gratitude.