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Weekend (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 4 November 2011 (UK)
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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.

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Andrew Haigh

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Andrew Haigh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cullen ... Russell
Chris New ... Glen
Jonathan Race Jonathan Race ... Jamie
Laura Freeman Laura Freeman ... Jill
Loreto Murray Loreto Murray ... Cathy (as Loretto Murray)
Jonathan Wright Jonathan Wright ... Johnny
Sarah Churm Sarah Churm ... Helen
Vauxhall Jermaine ... Damien
Joe Doherty Joe Doherty ... Justin
Kieran Hardcastle Kieran Hardcastle ... Sam
Mark Devenport Mark Devenport ... Straight Man in Bar (as Mark Davenport)
Steve Blackman Steve Blackman ... Straight Man in Bar
Julius Metson Scott Julius Metson Scott ... Paul
Martin Arrowsmith Martin Arrowsmith ... Martin
Caroline Woolley Caroline Woolley ... House Party Girl 1
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Storyline

On a Friday night after a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. That weekend, in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex, the two men get to know each other. It is a brief encounter that will resonate throughout their lives. Weekend is both an honest and unapologetic love story between two guys and a film about the universal struggle for an authentic life in all its forms. It is about the search for identity and the importance of making a passionate commitment to your life. Written by Andrew Haigh

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A (sort of) love story between two guys over a cold weekend in October.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de Fim de Semana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,245, 25 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$455,459, 20 November 2011
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in 16 days. See more »

Goofs

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: We have the chance to make up our own shit! We can grow our own garden, and put little flowers and pansies and gay gnomes in it, and water features and water sports and slings. But, no. Everybody wants to concrete the fucker over and get a gas barbecue.
Russell: You're obsessed with concrete. You're absolutely obsessed with it.
Glen: [laughing] But why would you want *concrete* when you can have whatever you want?
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Connections

References A Room with a View (1985) See more »

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We're So Light
Written by Tom Havelock/Marcus Efstratiou
Performed by Hook & The Twin
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Weekend is realism at its best.
8 November 2011 | by DelennMoresbySee all my reviews

It is a delight to see a film that makes no concessions in the telling of its story. Everything about the film is as it should be. The dialogue is funny, witty, sad, provoking but spoken in a manner you'd expect from the characters. The writer never shied away from the language these people would use or stop them acting as they would in the circumstances. The themes are adult and again honest, but it is not an "adult film". Nothing is gratuitous, not one second of the film is wasted as the story is perfectly pitched. At times it is crude and would shock your granny, but it's an honest slice of life.

If you only like high-tech, action packed films, it isn't for you. If you like a well written story, realistically portrayed, wonderfully produced and brilliantly acted films, then this is a little gem of a film and it will be your loss if you miss it.

Weekend is everything that is brilliant about British Independent Cinema delightfully packaged into one film. Best film I've seen this year by far.


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