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Film Fest 2011 - Weekend


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Weekend
UK 2011
Director/Screenplay/Editor: Andrew Haigh
Producer: Tristan Goligher
Photography: Ula Pontikos
Production designer: Sarah Finlay
Art director: Lorna Dunn
Music: James Edward Baker
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With: Tom Cullen (Russell), Chris New (Glen), Jonathan Race (Jamie), Laura Freeman (Jill), Jonathan Wright (Johnny), Loretto Murray (Cathy)

Festivals: SXSW 2011

Audience Award (Emerging Visions), SXSW Film Festival 2011

96 minutes
Censors rating tbc

A brief encounter proves mutually disarming for two temperamentally opposite young men in a salty, insightful love story buoyed by sex, drugs and testing differences of opinion. Russell, a pool lifeguard, parties with his straight friends before heading to a bar where he picks up Glen. Glen turns out next morning to be a right live wire, a one man gay liberation front, not really Russell's style at all. Could be, though, that what separates these two is stuff that registers deep with them both. As they goad away at each other, the film offers us the pleasure of seeing them ease up on their practised personas and grow in each other's eyes. You know there's a script but the direction unfolds in long, fluid stretches of talk and silence. These characters are so layered; their interaction so unpredictable yet well grounded, and the actors so attuned that you'd have to be fiercely heterocentric not to take their love affair to heart. - BG
"[Actors] Cullen and New develop a compellingly credible give and take, whether they're debating the merits of gay marriage, confiding long-suppressed yearnings or, in the picture's funniest scene, discussing the homoerotic appeal of Rupert Graves in A Room with a View." - Joe Leydon, Variety
"Like Before Sunrise, the real joy of writer/director Andrew Haigh's film is in watching two people make bedrooms, overpasses, kitchenettes, and couches feel alive with potent conversation and pregnant silences. As the end to the tumultuous weekend approaches, the camera dreads the impending loss as much as the characters." - James Renovitch, Austin Chronicle

"A deftly-played and beautifully-paced little romance." - Catherine Shoard, The Guardian


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