Andrew Haigh

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Andrew Haigh
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Andrew Haigh
Born (1973-03-07) 7 March 1973 (age 44)[1]
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1996-present
Notable work Weekend
Looking
45 Years
Spouse(s) Andy Morwood
Website www.andrewhaighfilm.com

Andrew Haigh (/hɡ/; born 7 March 1973)[2] is an English film director, screenwriter and producer.

Early life[edit]

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.[3]

Career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Haigh's second feature, the highly acclaimed[6] 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] 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[8] and London Film Critics' Circle award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker.[9][10]

Haigh's next film 45 Years premiered as part of the main competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.[11] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Haigh is married to author Andy Morwood.[3][12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
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 Festival - Golden 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Five Miles Out at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival
  2. ^ Sarah Hughes (19 January 2014). "Gay life in all its ordinariness: Director Andrew Haigh discusses his new HBO series". The Independent. 
  3. ^ a b Kellaway, Kate (9 August 2015). "Andrew Haigh: 'It takes a kind of insane self-belief to go on'". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Tour". The List. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Outfest 2011: Highlights of this year's festival". Reuters. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Weekend (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  7. ^ "SXSW 2011: Andrew Haigh is an emerging talent destined to become the main event". The Guardian. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  8. ^ ""Weekend," "Habana Muda" Among Top Outfest Winners". indieWire. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "ANDREW HAIGH NABS BREAKTHROUGH FILM-MAKER AT LONDON CRITIC'S CIRCLE AWARDS". TheFanCarpet.com. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gay director Andrew Haigh talks about his memorable 'Weekend'". Wisconsin Gazette, 29 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Berlinale 2015: Malick, Dresen, Greenaway and German in Competition". Berlinale. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Ferber, Lawrence (15 December 2015). "Andrew Haigh on HBO's 'Looking' Wrap-Up, a 'Weekend' Sequel, and New Film '45 Years'". Frontiers Media. 

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