Andrew Haigh

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Andrew Haigh
Andrew Haigh (cropped).jpg
Haigh in 2011
Born (1973-03-07) 7 March 1973 (age 48)[1]
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer
Years active1996–present
Notable work
Weekend, Looking, 45 Years
Spouse(s)Andy Morwood

Andrew Haigh (/hɡ/;[2] born 7 March 1973)[3] is a British filmmaker.

Early life[edit]

Haigh was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. He read History at Newcastle University.[4]


Haigh worked as an assistant editor on films such as Gladiator and Black Hawk Down before debuting as a writer/director with the short film Oil. In 2009 he directed his first feature-length film, Greek Pete, which debuted at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.[5] The film is set in London and centers on male prostitution, chronicling a year in the life of rent-boy Pete. Greek Pete won the Artistic Achievement Award at Outfest in 2009.[6]

Haigh's second feature, the highly acclaimed romantic drama Weekend about a 48-hour relationship between two men (played by Tom Cullen and Chris New), premiered on 11 March 2011 at the SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Emerging Visions.[7][8] The film played in many other festivals around the world, and went on to collect many more awards including the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest[9] and London Film Critics' Circle award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker.[10][11]

Haigh's next film 45 Years premiered as part of the main competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.[12] The film won the top acting prizes at the festival for both its leads, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. It was widely released in the UK on 28 August 2015, and was screened at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals in September 2015. The film later received an Academy Award nomination for Charlotte Rampling. Upon release, the film received positive reviews, holding a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail wrote: "45 Years exposes the paradoxical balance of the successful marriage, one that requires a sentimental suspension of disbelief on the one hand and a hard-headed ability to deal with the everyday on the other."[13]

Haigh co-created, co-produced and occasionally wrote and directed the HBO drama series Looking (2014–2016), about a group of gay men in San Francisco, which struggled to attract audiences despite receiving generally positive reviews from critics.[14][15] Cancelled after two seasons, the series finished with a two-hour TV movie in 2016.[16][17]

Haigh's next film, Lean on Pete, based on the Willy Vlautin novel about a teenage boy in Oregon, premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival in 2017. It was released in cinemas and on VOD in April–May 2018 and received critical acclaim.[18][19]

In October 2016, Haigh was announced as the writer-director of The North Water, a mini-series based on the novel of the same name by Ian McGuire. Filming is expected to start in Summer 2018.[20][21] After some filming delays in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was release between 15 July and 12 August on BBC Two in 2021.

Personal life[edit]

Haigh is married to author Andy Morwood.[17]


Year Title Credited as Notes Ref.
Director Screenwriter Editor Other
1996 The Proprietor Yes Production assistant (London)
2000 Small Time Obsession Yes Second assistant director
2000 Gladiator Yes Apprentice editor
2000 Born Romantic Yes Assistant editor
2000 Breathtaking Yes Assistant editor
2001 Black Hawk Down Yes Assistant editor
2002 The Count of Monte Yes Assistant editor
2002 The Four Feathers Yes Assistant editor
2003 Oil Yes Yes Yes Short film
2003 Shanghai Knights Yes Assistant editor
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Yes Assistant editor
2004 Fits Yes Short film; unit production manager
2004 Fragments Yes Short film; producer and first assistant director
2005 Markings Yes Yes Short film
2005 Cahuenga Blvd Yes Yes Yes Short film
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Yes Assistant editor
2007 The Good Night Yes Assistant editor (dailies)
2007 Hannibal Rising Yes Assistant editor
2007 Mister Lonely Yes First assistant editor
2008 A Matador's Mistress Yes First assistant editor
2008 Crack Willow Yes
2009 Five Miles Out Yes Yes Short film
Leeds International Film Festival – Yorkshire Film Award
2009 Greek Pete Yes Yes Yes Yes Producer and cinematographer
Atlanta Film Festival – Special Jury Award
L.A. Outfest – Special Programming Committee Award for Artistic Achievement
2011 Weekend Yes Yes Yes Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay
Film Fest Gent – Youth Jury Award
International Film Festival Rotterdam – MovieZone Award
L.A. Outfest – Grand Jury Award
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker
Nashville Film Festival – Best of Festival Award
San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival – Audience Award
SXSW Film Festival – Audience Award
2014–15 Looking Yes Yes Yes TV series; executive producer
Nominated—Dorian Award for TV Director of the Year
2015 45 Years Yes Yes Edinburgh International Film Festival – Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film
Evening Standard British Film Award – Editor's Award
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British / Irish Film of the Year
National Board of Review – Top Ten Independent Films
New York Film Critics Online – Top 10 Films
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film
Nominated—Berlin International Film FestivalGolden Bear
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Director
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—David di Donatello for Best European Film
Nominated—Empire Award for Best British Film
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Screenwriter
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for Film of the Year
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for Director of the Year
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2016 Looking: The Movie Yes Yes Special
2017 Lean on Pete Yes Yes
2019 The OA Yes TV series
2021 The North Water Yes Yes Miniseries [20]


  1. ^ Five Miles Out at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival
  2. ^ Murphy, Mekado (31 December 2015). "Andrew Haigh Narrates a Scene From '45 Years'". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ Hughes, Sarah (19 January 2014). "Gay life in all its ordinariness: Director Andrew Haigh discusses his new HBO series". The Independent.
  4. ^ Kellaway, Kate (9 August 2015). "Andrew Haigh: 'It takes a kind of insane self-belief to go on'". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Tour". The List. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Outfest 2011: Highlights of this year's festival". Reuters. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Weekend (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  8. ^ "SXSW 2011: Andrew Haigh is an emerging talent destined to become the main event". The Guardian. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  9. ^ ""Weekend," "Habana Muda" Among Top Outfest Winners". indieWire. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  10. ^ "ANDREW HAIGH NABS BREAKTHROUGH FILM-MAKER AT LONDON CRITIC'S CIRCLE AWARDS". 20 January 2012. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Gay director Andrew Haigh talks about his memorable 'Weekend'" Archived 12 April 2013 at Wisconsin Gazette, 29 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Berlinale 2015: Malick, Dresen, Greenaway and German in Competition". Berlinale. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  13. ^ 45 Years, retrieved 27 June 2017
  14. ^ Brennan, Matt (10 March 2014). "How HBO's 'Looking' Went from Boring to Brilliant | IndieWire". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  15. ^ "HBO should renew Looking, even though nobody watches". 9 March 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Synopsis | Looking: The Movie | HBO". HBO. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  17. ^ a b Carney, Brian T. (28 January 2016). "'Looking' ahead". Washington Blade.
  18. ^ "Lean on Pete (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Lean on Pete Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  20. ^ a b Mitchell, Robert (17 October 2016). "Andrew Haigh Dives Into 'The North Water'". Variety.
  21. ^ "BBC Two announces Andrew Haigh to write and direct The North Water". BBC. 4 October 2017.

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