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  • Actors: Tom Cullen, Chris New
  • Directors: Andrew Haigh
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WIE2QI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,395 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A one-night stand that becomes something more - an unconventional love story between two young men trying to make sense of their lives.

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. And so begins a weekend - in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex that will resonate throughout their lives.



Attitude Awards Best Film 2012
BIFAS (British Independent Film Awards) Best Achievement In Production & Best Newcomer Tom Cullen 2011
Evening Standard Film Awards Best Screenplay Award 2012
London Critics Circle Film Awards Best British Breakthrough Filmmaker Andrew Haigh 2012

Extras:

Cast and Crew Interview

Quinnford + Scout picture gallery with commentary

Weekend UK Premier at LFF

Interview with Director and Casts

Interview with Director and Producer

English subtitles for the Hard of Hearing

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By lukefazak on 21 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You can't watch this film without feeling something. The script consists of sincere interactions, natural small talk and realistic arguments. It made me think about aspects of my own life. Parts of my past, feelings I've had about friends, lovers, my parents, and what these relationships mean to me. It even made me think about my future.

Weekend isn't just another gay movie. It's not distasteful or stereotypical. It's delicate. It's amusing. And my word, it makes you think. The "love" story, if that's how you want to put it, is sewn neatly into that raw, British reality. Altercations between characters remind me of ones I've had myself - petty, circular and genuine. Authentic characters are placed into familiar situations. I lost count of the times I felt a sense of déjà vu, a deep understanding of the context, or even recognition of myself in one of the characters. I even recognised my friends in others. It might just be me, but aspects of this film seem to describe life experiences that we've all been through; gay or straight.

This film picks up on something that might ordinarily go unnoticed. It cultivates the idea that something strong can burst from a chance encounter with someone you meet in a bar. This scenario must happen more often than realised. It happens every day, but so many just pass it off as a myth. The idea that such a bond could be formed over a single weekend may seem farfetched to some, but I believe the actors capably portray the honesty of what these characters create.

So much about the film's production mutters authenticity. It lets you witness each of Glen and Russell's encounters as if you were there. Camera angles range from incredibly distant to up close and personal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. D. Havers on 1 Oct. 2014
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Just watched this film tonight. It wasn't what I was expecting. It centres on two very different characters who have a fleeting romance over a weekend and reflect on their lives. One of the guys is very sensitive and grounded but the other guy in contrast was loud, vulgar and insensitive - the later being portrayed as a very negative stereotype associated with some gay men. There were parts of this movie which I couldn't hear as the sound was muffled. I'm not sure what this film was supposed to have been about - yes the acting was ok but it seemed to lack any proper story and was like a low budget movie of watching someone video their own life.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Aftiti on 13 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
This is a fantastic film. I personally love the British hyper-realist style of film, but this one not only provides a documentary feel, but is also beautifully natural. I would go so far as to say that the non-dialouge sections are the best features of the film. Chris New and Tom Cullen shine as actors!

The only downside for me is that I feel the film slightly became what it tried not to be. Here was a film billed as not a 'gay film', but a film that features gay characters. Unfortunately some of the conversations did become rants about classic gay issues. On the plus side a refreshing look at other social issues such as children in care was covered without resorting to stereotypical characterisation.

Overall the film was fantastic and I felt melancholic for days after even when not thinking of the film.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By tigerthedog on 8 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
WEEKEND
(Dir. Andrew Haigh / 97 minutes)

I know, I know, gay man picks gay film as his best of the year; how predictable can you get? But this low-budget British independent film was so much more than an excuse to look at naked men (that was just an added bonus).

Weekend was something special and real and beautiful and managed to portray the genesis of a relationship with far more believability and far more heart than Hollywood has ever done. Sure, it's about homosexuals, but the themes covered here are very universal; falling in love, the notion of meeting somebody for the first time allowing you a blank canvas on which to project a version of yourself, the idea of getting stuck in your ways with a bunch of friends who drag you down and hold you back because they expect you to behave in a certain way. The film casts aside the all-too-familiar stereotypes, the clichés and the need to rant on about issues, and instead offered a simple story about a burgeoning relationship between two men, quiet, unassuming Russell (best name ever) and 'out' and proud Glen, who meet late on a Friday night in a gay club.

The development of their relationship, which takes place over the eponymous weekend, was played out with such refreshing ordinariness (the best parts of the film are the wonderful set-piece 'real time' scenes where the blokes are just chatting casually in the kitchen, drinking tea, talking about life). I look forward to the DVD release so I can enjoy it all over again. Funny, tender, real... superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pitbulltje on 6 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
I watched "Weekend" on telly during a special "Gay weekend" on one of the movie channels. To my surprise, it deserved all the positive feedback it got.
Two guys meet, sleep together, but what is more important, TALK. Talk a lot. Spend time together. It just a weekend, but it can be a beginning of something very serious.
True to life, isn't it? It sounds like one of my own stories.
Happy to see that low budget enterprise can be so fruitful!

If there is one thing that I didn't like, it were the drugs involved here. Is it really so gay to take them every Saturday???
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