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Weekend -- After meeting at a nightclub on a Friday night, the unexpected 48 hours spent between Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) will resonate throughout their lives.

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Director:
Writer:
Andrew Haigh (written by)
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Release Date:
4 November 2011 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A (sort of) love story between two guys over a cold weekend in October.
Plot:
After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
19 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Movie with a Human Agenda See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tom Cullen ... Russell

Chris New ... Glen
Jonathan Race ... Jamie
Laura Freeman ... Jill
Loreto Murray ... Cathy (as Loretto Murray)
Jonathan Wright ... Johnny
Sarah Churm ... Helen

Vauxhall Jermaine ... Damien
Joe Doherty ... Justin
Kieran Hardcastle ... Sam
Mark Devenport ... Straight Man in Bar (as Mark Davenport)
Steve Blackman ... Straight Man in Bar
Julius Metson Scott ... Paul
Martin Arrowsmith ... Martin
Caroline Woolley ... House Party Girl 1
Caroline Cawley ... House Party Girl 2
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Directed by
Andrew Haigh 
 
Writing credits
Andrew Haigh (written by)

Produced by
Suzanne Alizart .... executive producer
Rachel Dargavel .... line producer
Tristan Goligher .... producer
Claire Mundell .... co-producer
Anna Seifert-Speck .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Edward Barker (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Urszula Pontikos (director of photography) (as Ula Pontikos)
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Haigh 
 
Casting by
Kahleen Crawford 
 
Production Design by
Sarah Finlay 
 
Makeup Department
Jo Way .... makeup artist: daily
 
Production Management
Michelle Burt .... post-production manager
Yuen-Wai Liu .... production manager
Robert Newlove .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Mercer .... first assistant director: daily
 
Art Department
Sam Ashby .... artwork
Lorna Dunn .... stand-by art director
Liam O'Keefe .... art department assistant: daily
Andrew Oakes .... graphics
 
Sound Department
Tim Barker .... sound
Grant Bridgeman .... sound effects editor
Steve Cookman .... dubbing mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Agha-Rafei .... first assistant camera
Xavier Amoros .... first assistant camera: daliy
Aislinn Clifford .... second assistant camera: daily
Ed Cooper .... second assistant camera
Jeremy Fusco .... first assistant camera: daily
Jon O'Neill .... second assistant camera: daily
Angelika Padberg .... gaffer
Barry Squires .... first assistant camera: daily
Jenni Suitiala .... electrician: daily
Rob Wheeldon .... electrician: daily
 
Casting Department
Caroline Stewart .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Jay Coquillon .... digital intermediate producer
Tom Cushing .... post-production coordinator
Pat Wintersgill .... colorist
Pat Wintersgill .... on-line editor
Yichen Wu .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Omar Alvarez .... driver: daily
Owen Arnold .... runner driver: daily
David Key .... runner driver: daily
Ben Mealing .... runner driver: daily
 
Other crew
Rebecca Barker-McLean .... floor runner
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist
Mark Durkin .... head of finance: EM Media
Vincent Gadelle .... financial controller: The Bureau
Emma Hewitt .... public relations and marketing executive: EM Media
Dan Hodgett .... location manager
Emily Lappin .... head of communications: EM Media
Emily Morgan .... production coordinator
Judit Stalter .... intern: The Bureau
Matthew Whitney .... location manager
James Williams .... production runner
 
Thanks
Martin Arrowsmith .... thanks
Andrew Dearnley .... special thanks
 

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97 min
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Trivia:
The "erections" and "semen" used in the graphic sex scenes are actually just carrots and liquid soap.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Russell asks Glen what time his train is later that day, Glen informs him it is around 4.30pm. Later on when Russell is in the train station's main room waiting for Glen to appear, an announcement is heard in the background clearly indicating that one of the next trains to depart the station is the 18:37pm for Birmingham New Street.See more »
Quotes:
Glen:Look. Straight people like us as long as we conform, we behave by their little rules. Imagine your friends if you suddenly started getting all, but really, political about being a fag, or you got suddenly, like, camp and swishy or talked about rimming all the time.
Russell:[interrupting] But that's not what I'm like, is it? That's not who I am.
Glen:Well, just trust me: They like it as long as we don't shove it down their throats.
Russell:Okay, well, why should I just shove it down their throats?
Glen:Because they shove it down our throats all the time: Being straight. Straight story lines on television, everywhere - in books, on billboards, magazines, everywhere. But, ah, the gays, the gays -
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Movie Connections:
References Notting Hill (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Movie with a Human Agenda, 22 December 2011
Author: evanston_dad from United States

In "Weekend," a beautifully acted and written indie drama from writer/director (and editor) Andrew Haigh, two gay men fall heavily for each other over the course of a 2 or 3 day period, each getting at something in the other that no one before had managed to do. But this is not a "gay" movie, and people who stay away from it because they think it has a gay agenda, or that it has nothing to say to them, or who are simply uncomfortable with the sight of two men having sex, will deny themselves the pleasure of seeing a film with a universal message about what it's like to be lonely and the search for meaningful human connections that kind of loneliness motivates.

It's not that Haigh avoids addressing the complications of being gay in the present day. Part of what I admired about the film was that it put being gay, and the constant energy it takes on the part of gay men to either fight or ignore the ignorance and hostility they must constantly endure, in a context that anybody can understand. The film's central character, Russell (Tom Cullen), has been raised as a foster child in a "straight" environment. His foster brother knows he's gay and is accepting of it, but even at that, Russell's time with his brother and his brother's family only accentuates the desolate fact that the kind of "normal" happiness his brother enjoys (the solidarity of a strong marriage, children) is something that at best he will have to fight for or at worst will be denied altogether. The bitterness this harsh reality can create in gay men is illustrated in the character of Glen (Chris New), a crusader who believes happiness in marriage is a sham perpetrated by the straight community and that attempts at finding contentment and satisfaction in a life partner are akin to tilting at windmills.

Cullen and New deliver award-worthy performances, so it's a shame that this film's size and subject matter will deny it any kind of major awards attention. The film is actually breathtaking at moments, albeit in an unassuming way, in its frankness and its ability to capture perfectly in words ideas about the way our societies treat relationships, commitments and love that I had only half articulated to myself. It would be easy to believe that Haigh found two non-actors roaming the streets, asked them to star in a movie, gave them situations to play out without a script, and filmed the results. It's that authentic.

I hope people see this movie.

Grade: A

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