Best Quotes by Andrew Haigh

If you don’t open your eyes to other people’s lives, you can’t even begin to understand how the world works at all.

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You can achieve one thing, but because of that, you have to adapt or lose something else. If you end up in a relationship, you sometimes have to lose the closeness of your friendships, for example, or you have to move away somewhere… For me, that creates the sense of melancholy which I think exists in most people’s lives.

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We get older, and we get more wrinkles, but fundamentally, we stay the same… You have the same fears and doubts and concerns and dreams and passions and all those kinds of things, so I feel like you don’t change as much as you think you do.

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People don’t think the struggles gay people have are worth talking about because everyone’s decided that we’re all equals now. Those struggles are much more subtle now. But the weight of being different does carry on.

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It fails everybody, pretty much, the American Dream, but people are driven by it. I don’t think we’re driven by the same sense of hope in Europe. We’re driven by pessimism more.

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I like going to a new environment with open eyes.

Andrew Haigh

No relationships are perfect. When they develop, there are things that have happened before in your life that you maybe don’t discuss. And there are always fault lines within every relationship. I believe it doesn’t take too much pressure to be placed on those fault lines for them to start cracking apart.

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SXSW can feel very male, very straight, and very white, and though it’s a great festival, when you have a film that’s different, it’s hard to find your place.

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A lot of gay-themed films are terrible. And mainstream audiences and the press aren’t interested, understandably.

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My straight friends accept I’m gay but they forget that some people don’t. Even now, if I go into a party, people don’t usually assume I’m gay, so you have to keep coming out. And if you say you’ve got a film with a gay subject matter, you can sometimes see people’s eyes going, ‘Oh! OK!’

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I’ve always felt like an outsider, whether in school or when I’m working or within the industry or just in society at large.

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I am fascinated by that person who is trying to live authentically, but they are on the outside of society, so how do they manage in the world around them?

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I think people do like extremes in cinema. There are very few films told about everyday middle-class couples, which is odd to me, as there are a lot of everyday middle-class couples.

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My films are very everyday, and people don’t always want to go to the cinema to see ordinary lives. They want to see something a bit more extraordinary. I get that desire, but it’s not the kind of film I want to make.

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Lots of shows get cancelled, and then they never get to end their stories. It’s just over.

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When I started making films, it was never that I had this great ambition to only do gay-themed material.

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I think it is a burden… that we constantly realise that there isn’t that much rhyme or reason to why something happens. If we think about that too much, it can make all of our decisions very stressful.

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I’m not very good at thinking, ‘This is the thing I should do now to help my career.’ I mean, I want to keep my career going, but that’s not what draws me to a story.

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I was not a happy teenager in the slightest.

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I don’t want a performance to give me everything. You can look at Charlotte Rampling in ’45 Years,’ and you don’t really know what she’s thinking, but you know something interesting is happening.

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In stories, those are the moments that hit me the most: when people really don’t expect it, don’t have it much in their lives, and suddenly, an act of kindness. It’s like, ‘Oh, God! Heartbreaking!’

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The longer you get in a relationship, the harder it becomes to confront problems.

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I haven’t got muscles, and I don’t live in West Hollywood.

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Whoever my films are about, they’ll hopefully still have my sensibility, whatever that is.

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I’m interested in how we understand ourselves in our relatioships and how we define ourselves.

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Relationships are so important to all of us.

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As a person, I am totally obsessed with the choices and decisions we make in our lives and how they dictate the course of our lives. Seemingly random choices that we make end up defining everything.

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Our past absolutely defines everything we do in the present. We can’t help it. We’re made by the events of our past, so there’s no escaping it.

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In the end, with all of my films, I want to understand the continuity between these films and understand what they’re trying to do.

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I do make films for personal reasons.

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When you make a film, everyone wants to define it.

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Homophobia obviously still exists, but it is a lot more subtle, and it is a lot more in the background.

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I’ve certainly felt alone a lot of my life.

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I didn’t enjoy growing up. I was lonely. That’s probably my base level to feel like that.

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One of the reasons I wanted to make ‘Lean on Pete’ was that it wasn’t about identity. For me, it’s about something more essential underneath: the need to have somewhere to live, to be safe, and have someone to look after you.

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I’m gay, and I know a lot of very liberal straight people, and, of course, they’re absolutely fine, but they still won’t necessarily come and see a film like ‘Weekend.’

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I always think that there’s a weight of prejudice from the past that gay people perhaps carry around with them. Even if it doesn’t exist so much around them, they still have a feeling of being excluded, and perceived prejudice is almost as unsettling as actual prejudice.

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People like a bit of honesty in films.

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I have seen a lot of gay-themed films that didn’t really express how I see being gay at this moment in the world. There never seemed to be a kind of authentic depiction of relationships.

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I wanted to make films since I was young. My background had nothing to do with anything creative, so it seemed an impossible task.

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I always quite like the idea of casting against type when I’m looking for and trying to understand who a character is.

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With supporting roles, you just want really good actors that can make it bigger than what’s there.

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There’s something about film that offers this opportunity to stick to a very, very clear single protagonist’s point of view, and I like that.

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It’s very important that all the supporting characters feel like they’ve existed in the world, that they’ve had a history, and they’ll go on to have a history within the scope of the story rather than just popping up and then disappearing.

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I love the fact that James Ivory made films about Britain, made ‘Howards End’ and ‘The Remains of the Day,’ or that Paul Thomas Anderson made ‘Phantom Thread.’ They’re about Britishness, but they’re from an American perspective. And I actually think they’re fantastic in the way that they understand Britishness.

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When I made ‘Weekend,’ the idea that ‘Moonlight’ would win the Oscar would be like, Whaaaaat? Like, that’s not going to happen.

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‘Call Me by Your Name’ is essentially the universal nature of love.

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I think people have this idea that I just lived in my place in England and never left. During ‘Looking,’ I was in America for four years. I’ve got a green card. I spend half my time there. It doesn’t feel like an alien world at all.

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I only want to tell films that I really feel passionate about telling.

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People have very difficult lives. We can judge them for making the wrong decisions, but if you look harder and understand that these lives can be difficult, hopefully you’re at least a bit more sympathetic to the decisions these people have to make.

Andrew Haigh

I think it’s always interesting to me how we keep secrets from the ones we love the most. You could be so close to someone, but still there was something you can’t express, you can’t tell them, because it’s almost too painful and too hard for you to articulate yourself, because you don’t fully understand it.

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Being gay, you’re kind of forced to ask, I suppose, very existential questions from a very, very early age. Your identity becomes so important to you because you’re trying to understand it, and, I think, from the age of, like, 9, you’re being forced to ask questions… that other kids maybe don’t have to ask.

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