Weekend (4 stars)


Poignant and captivating story of unexpected love cut short

(18) 96min

A casual one night stand unexpectedly blossoms into a much more meaningful connection in Weekend, a tender heartbreaker from writer/director Andrew Haigh that is easily one of the most impressive British independent features of the year.

Haigh’s tale of sex, love and longing is told with a beguiling sense of honesty and perceptiveness. It also features noteworthy performances from two screen newcomers. Tom Cullen’s Russell leaves an evening with his straight friends in Nottingham and heads to a gay club where he meets Glen (Chris New). The next morning, Glen asks Russell to record his feelings about their evening for his art project. It is the beginning of a greater intimacy as they share their insecurities and reveal their vulnerability.

Over the course of a weekend they are both thrilled and overwhelmed by the possibility that this could be the real thing. The whole situation is lent a terrible poignancy by the discovery that Glen is about to leave the country. Weekend is a captivating combination of Brief Encounter and Before Sunset that will quietly steal the heart of audiences gay, straight or anywhere in between.

Selected release from Fri 4 Nov.

Weekend (2011) on IMDb


  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Andrew Haigh
  • Cast: Tom Culllen, Chris New

A random pick-up at a gay club becomes much more than just a one night stand in this tender relationship drama from the director of Greek Pete.