If Weekend is anything to go by, we'll be hearing a lot more from writer-director Andrew Haigh in the future. Having worked as an editor on everything from Ridley Scott's Gladiator to Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely, he's made a real impression with this relationship drama - New York Times plaudits, festival awards - which, like the song, asks if it's love you're after or just a good time.
Russell (Tom Cullen) is ambling through life, quite happy with his job and himself but still feeling like there's something missing. After attending a friend's house party, Russell decides he doesn't want the night to end and goes clubbing by himself. Near closing time, he meets Glen (Chris New) and takes him home. Gabby and angsty, Glen's the complete opposite of Russell, considering himself to be far more liberated and this to be a one-night stand. But the morning after he's willing to swap numbers and when he agrees to meet Russell again that day it seems there's more to their encounter than either imagined at 3am.
If the thought of characters lounging and strolling around and doing lots and lots of talking appeals to you, then this is a film you should make time for. Mixing sexual politics, the ideal versus the real and the challenge of making one's way in the world, Weekend will be tagged as gay cinema, but Haigh's script has something for everyone to ponder - change a couple of lines and it could be remade with a man and a woman trying to figure out what they want from each other. As a writer, he's created two very believable characters whose dialogue crackles with the energy of real-life and all its tensions and tenderness. As a director, he's cast both roles perfectly. It's easy to like Cullen's Russell from the get-go; New's Glen is harder work, but he's not the man he likes others to think he is. Both actors will bring much to the work of other filmmakers and have Haigh to thank for a fantastic launch pad - bigger names should now be looking for some of the same magic if they know what's good for them.
Small budget, big, big heart.