7 March 1973 |
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, producer|
Haigh was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. His father worked as a salesman for a drinks company, and his mother was a housewife. After his parents separated, he attended a boarding school. He read History at Newcastle University.
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. 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.
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. 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 and London Film Critics' Circle award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker.
Haigh's next film 45 Years premiered as part of the main competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. The film won the 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.
Haigh was co-producer and occasional writer and director of the HBO drama series Looking. Cancelled after two seasons, the series finished with a two-hour TV movie in 2016.
- Five Miles Out at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival
- Sarah Hughes (19 January 2014). "Gay life in all its ordinariness: Director Andrew Haigh discusses his new HBO series". The Independent.
- Kellaway, Kate (9 August 2015). "Andrew Haigh: 'It takes a kind of insane self-belief to go on'". The Guardian.
- "London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Tour". The List. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Outfest 2011: Highlights of this year's festival". Reuters. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Weekend (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes.
- "SXSW 2011: Andrew Haigh is an emerging talent destined to become the main event". The Guardian. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- ""Weekend," "Habana Muda" Among Top Outfest Winners". indieWire. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "ANDREW HAIGH NABS BREAKTHROUGH FILM-MAKER AT LONDON CRITIC'S CIRCLE AWARDS". TheFanCarpet.com. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- "Gay director Andrew Haigh talks about his memorable 'Weekend'". Wisconsin Gazette, 29 September 2011.
- "Berlinale 2015: Malick, Dresen, Greenaway and German in Competition". Berlinale. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- Ferber, Lawrence (15 December 2015). "Andrew Haigh on HBO's 'Looking' Wrap-Up, a 'Weekend' Sequel, and New Film '45 Years'". Frontiers Media.
- Official website
- Andrew Haigh on Internet Movie Database
- 2013 Interview from The New York Times' "20 Directors to Watch" article
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