A one-night stand that becomes something more - an unconventional love story between two young men trying to make sense of their lives.
On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend - in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex – that will resonate throughout their lives.
WEEKEND was shot in October 2010 in Nottingham, UK and premiered at SXSW Film Festival in March 2011 where it picked up the Emerging Visions Audience Award. The European Premiere is at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival playing in the Forum of Independents Competition. In the US, it will be distributed by Sundance Selects and by Peccadillo Pictures in the UK.
Here’s what the reviews have to say so far about the movie:
“Just when it seemed that it would be unbearable to sit through another movie about identity-as-sex and vice versa, one comes along that’s more precise and more moving than almost all the others” -Amy Taubin, ArtForum
“The gay themes of Weekend, a deftly-played and beautifully-paced little romance, are something of a red herring. Unlike Haigh’s debut, Greek Pete, which is about a rent boy in Soho and places sexuality front and centre, the film touches wider issues of inclusivity and isolation. It’s shot in languorous, long takes, allowing you to absorb the intricacies of body language at your leisure, though with more composition and focus than something shot on handheld.” -Catherine Shoard, The Guardian
”When the chemistry is just right, as it is in “Blue Valentine” and “Brokeback Mountain,” love stories can still be engaging and affecting…Tom Cullen’s shyly romantic Russell and Chris New’s more cynical and eloquent Glen are just the kinds of opposites who do attract, and they talk and fight and forgive like no other gay characters in the movies right now.” -John Hartl, Seattle Times
Well, we’re excited to see it anyway. We’re thinking it’ll be a bit more of an authentic representation than other Hollywood depictions of gay relationships. What do you think??
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