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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

Writer:

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 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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Trivia

The entire crew of Weekend (2011) consisted of 10 to 15 members. See more »

Goofs

When Russell is anxiously waiting for Glen to arrive at the train station, the train announcements in the background indicate that the time is around 6.30pm, however in the next scene when both characters have gone through the barrier onto the platform, the background train announcements indicate the time time is now around 5pm. See more »

Quotes

Glen: It's like when you've had the same friends for too long, they become like - Everything becomes cemented.
Russell: What? And that's a bad thing, is it?
Glen: Of course, it's a bad thing. I don't want to be in fucking concrete, thank you very much.
Glen: It's like they won't let you, they won't let you be any version of yourself except an old version, or the version that they want you to be.
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Connections

References Notting Hill (1999) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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BROKEBACK in a minor key
17 November 2011 | by davidgeeSee all my reviews

Two gay men pick each other up in a disco in Nottingham and get to know each other over the next two days. They talk, drink, do some drugs, make love, meet people and discover how much they have in common. Russell, who is out to his friends but not to his workmates, would like to get into a relationship. Glen, out to everyone, has had a relationship go bad and is about to move to the US, so he's not looking to get involved.

Andrew Haigh, a writer/director from the Mike Leigh school of intense naturalism, shows us the intricate dynamics of a relationship which just happens to be between two men. The interaction is more important than the sex (which is relatively low-key). This is - obviously! - a gay movie, but it could just as easily be a straight movie.

Tom Cullen and Chris New give finely judged, sensitive performance as the two men who fancy each other, like each other and come to realise that they could very easily come to love each other. WEEKEND has a more intimate, less 'epic' story than BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, but the viewer is invited in a very similar way to watch two people fall into a love affair that may or may not have a future. This is a small movie that packs a big punch.


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