And the winner of our Film Award is, of
course, Andrew Haigh. Director of Weekend, Haigh gets the nod, for his
critically acclaimed, universally adored tale of a gay encounter in Nottingham.
Only Haigh’s second feature film, Weekend initially struggled for funding, and
was debuted in Austin, Texas, of all places. Despite unlikely beginnings,
Weekend won over all the critics. This was a flick with universal appeal,
hailed by many as the most important work of gay cinema in many years.
But however gratifying festival recognition
and critical acclaim might be, it’s the fact that Weekend has been taken to viewers’ hearts that Haigh cherishes.
“That’s probably the best thing for me. Lots of people put all kinds of stuff
online, especially on Tumblr: stills or quotes or video collages of scenes from
the film; one guy drew sketches [based on the film] that were beautiful. And
you hear about how it’s affected people’s lives. I get emails from people
saying they’re trying to make films now or to write. A guy in America saw the
film and came out to his parents the next day. There are people in their
sixties who tell me they met their partner 40 years ago in similar
circumstances [to how Glen and Russell meet] and that it really resonated with
You can read a full interview with Andrew Haigh in our
Awards Issue, in shops and on ipad now.
Check out Andrew accepting his award: