Stefano Dunne and José Arroyo on Weekend (Andrew Haigh, UK, 2011)

Stefano Dunne and José Arroyo discuss Andrew Haigh´s Weekend in relation to contemporary gay culture; its themes of alienation, isolation, romance and gay subjectivities; and the sense of Britishness that permeates the work.

Is the film in dialogue with British New Wave films of the ‘50s and ‘60s: realist, kitchen sink? Are the young men angry? Does Weekend share in that sort of aesthetic and thematics? Does it hold up? Stefano discusses how it still feels raw and powerful; how he didn’t give enough credit to its aesthetics on first viewing; and how visually captivating it is.

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