Although the BAFTAs completely ignored it in favour of more commercial but often far less worthy fare, thankfully gay Brit-flick hit Weekend has been getting its dues at the likes of the British Independent Film Awards and the London Critics Circle Film Awards. The latest to honour the movie is the Evening Standard British Film Awards, which last night gave Weekend writer/director Andrew Haigh the Best Screenplay gong.
Andrew attended the ceremony alongside the film’s producer Tristan Goligher and Cinematographer Ula Pontikos. Andrew described the win as “amazing and unexpected; this past year has just been incredible. I just want to thank the actors, Tom [Cullen] and Chris [New], who really brought so much to the script and I share this with them.”
Haigh also won the British Breakthrough Filmmaker award at last month’s London Film Critics’ Circle Awards and the film won two British Independent Film Awards, for Achievement In Production and Most Promising Newcomer for actor Tom Cullen.
Weekend follows the relationship between Russell (Cullen) and Glen (New), over the course of a weekend. On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. Over the next 48 hours, Russell and Glen become inseparable, gradually forming a tight bond that neither of them could have predicted – one that may change their lives forever. The film has currently grossed over £200,000 at the UK box office and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in Britain on March 19th, 2012.
Aside from Weekend, other more than worthy Evening Standard British Film Award winners include the Best Actor going to Michael Fassbender for Shame & Jane Eyre, and Olivia Colman getting Best Actress for her astonishing performance in Tyrannosaur.