Andrew Haigh is an award winning writer, director, and producer, whose credits run the gamut from “Gladiator” to HBO’s “Looking.” When it comes to some of his more thought-provoking work, especially as it relates to gay lifestyles or culture, Haigh aims to shatter any preconceived notions, to try to push past stereotypes and find the humanity within.
Haigh has also worked in almost every aspect of film production, from production manager on up, so he knows what makes an interesting story inside and out. He has served as editor on several of his own projects, which goes to show that constructing and building a story goes hand and hand with writing and producing it. His work always has a touch of personal reflection to go along with the larger themes that will draw in a wider audience searching for something beyond the usual fare.
Haigh first garnered widespread attention in 2009 with “Greek Pete,” which followed a rent boy who moves to London in hopes of increasing his business and all of the entanglements which followed. The film did well on the festival circuit, and was singled out for its starkness, honesty, and unflinching look at its subjects. “Weekend” came next, and once again, Haigh turned his filmmaker’s lens on the world of gay culture, but this time with the interjection of a straight protagonist, and all of the confusion and self questioning that comes when somebody has to take a look at their own sexuality. Of “Weekend,” renowned film critic A.O. Scott said, “Perfectly realized…A bracing present tense exploration of sex, intimacy, and love.”
In the latest episode of Selling Your Screenplay podcast I talk with Haigh, as we talk about some of his early films as well as his latest award winning film, “45 Years.”
You can also read a transcript of this episode.
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