Weekend

  • 96'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2011
When Russell wakes up after a wild night and finds himself beside Glen, the first thing Glen does is thrust a tape recorder under his nose. It’s for an art project, Glen explains, and will Russell please describe the events of the previous evening from his own perspective. This is the start of a weekend that is basically one long conversation between the two of them, because they are both surprised to note that the attraction between them extends longer than that one night.
Weekend is a British version of the mumblecore genre, and a variation on Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean), but then with a contemporary, liberal sexual morality. Andrew Haigh does not shy away from the eroticism of the relationship between the two men, and the way they handle it is a recurrent topic of conversation.
But the dreamily filmed Weekend is primarily about questions that are familiar to everyone. Are you yourself when you meet a new lover? Or are you who you want to be? And how much of yourself do you reveal?


Director
Andrew Haigh
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
96'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Tristan Goligher, Claire Mundell
Production Companies
The Bureau, Glendale Picture Company, Synchronicity Films
Sales
The Film Collaborative
Screenplay
Andrew Haigh
Cinematography
Urszula Pontikos
Editor
Andrew Haigh
Production Design
Sarah Finlay
Sound Design
Tim Barker
Music
James Edward Barker
Cast
Tom Cullen
Local Distributor
Cinemien
Website
http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/weekend