Essential Film Directors, Andrew Haigh

Written and directed by Andrew Haigh, the award-winning 2011 film, Weekend, follows the story of a young man named Russell, who is a lifeguard at the local swimming pool.  Russell finds himself navigating the complexities of living an authentically gay lifestyle amidst the standards of a predominantly straight society.  Following a night out, Russell enters a gay bar, presumably to find someone to hook up with.  He ends up meeting an art student named Glen, and the two men begin to form a deep relationship during their night together.  Glen’s ideals and liberal approach to gay life challenges Russell’s behaviour, yet Russell manages to open his eyes to the reality that his choices need not be kept hidden, and that his love for Glen is real.


Born in England, Andrew Haigh is an up and coming film director, producer, and screenwriter.  Haigh’s directorial debut was the 2009 film, Greek Pete, which follows the life of a male prostitute named Pete.  The film garnered many awards and debuted at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Much of Haigh’s work focuses on the everyday aspects of being gay, noting that gay lifestyle can be challenging, yet at times, every bit as mundane as the mainstream straight lifestyle.  Haigh explores this through heartfelt character interactions and true to life scenarios.

Andrew Haigh got his start in 2000 as an apprentice editor on the 2000 film, Gladiator.  Enjoying small successes, Haigh continued working in feature film editorial departments for major motion pictures such as Black Hawk Down, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Mona Lisa Smile.

Weekend released in 2011, standing as Haigh’s most impressive work to-date.  The film follows a 48-hour relationship between two gay men, calling to mind the daily life and challenges of the gay lifestyle.  Following the success of Weekend, Haigh began work on the television series, Looking, and currently has a new feature film in production.

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