Last Weekend

LAST WEEKEND is a slow burn drama that subverts into a twisted neo-noir. When Sylvia (Virginia Rand - Candy Land) and Ethan (Charlie Barnett - The Acolyte, Russian Doll) meet
for an electric one night stand, they find themselves bound together in a drug fueled mania. After Harrison (Hunter Morton) a disturbed ex-lover resurfaces, Sylvia is forced to confront
her dark past. As the weekend spirals, they are unable to reconcile with the consequences of human nature.

  • Curtis Anthony Williams
  • Curtis Anthony Williams
  • Virginia Rand
  • Kyle Vannoy
  • Charlie Barnett
    Key Cast
    Russian Doll, The Acolyte
  • Virginia Rand
    Key Cast
    Candy Land
  • Hunter Morton
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Neo Noir, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Amira
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cinequest Film Festival
    San Jose
    United States
    August 26, 2023
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Curtis Anthony Williams

Curtis Anthony Williams is a passionate filmmaker known for his versatility as a storyteller across multiple roles in live and post production. Hailing from a small town in Vermont, he’s worked in film and television for more than 10 years across the globe. He makes his directorial debut with the neo noir thriller LAST WEEKEND which premiered at the heralded CINEQUEST 2023 Film Festival. Virginia Rand (Candy Land) and Charlie Barnett (The Acolyte, Russian Doll), star as two strangers who share an electric one-night-stand, that is quickly derailed by a psychotic and possessive ex-lover who incites violence and provokes them to pursue a regrettable act of vengeance.

He recently served as a First AD for the coming of age romance AUTUMN SUMMER and erotic thriller LOVE BOMB, with both films scheduled for late 2023 release. An accomplished film editor, his projects have been featured worldwide and includes the mesmerizing PUBLIC TOILET AFRICA, which premiered at SXSW and was nominated for the prestigious “Filmmakers of the Present” award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Curtis was the lead editor for LAST WEEKEND which he directed, co-wrote and executive produced.

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Director Statement

I directed LAST WEEKEND in a wild fever. It's my first feature. A task that I've been trying to accomplish for the better part of two decades. Ironically, this attempt came together very fast. It was conceived and shot in the span of less than one month. The truth is that I had to make this film. And I had to do it this way. My family and I were leaving Hollywood in four weeks time and it was, after all, a last ditch effort to make my own picture before saying goodbye to Los Angeles.

That’s about the time that I met my friend and collaborator Virginia Rand. We worked together on another film. I’ll never forget watching her during rehearsal and seeing an incredible performance form. After a scene finished, our eyes met and she saw how moved I was. We spoke with immediately about another collaboration and suddenly LAST WEEKEND was born.

All at once I realized I wasn't going anywhere without making this film. Our producer can tell you, it probably saved my life. That's where our characters meet. That tortured crossroad where you're obligated to go one way, but all of the earth's gravity is pushing you somewhere else. It could kill you, but you need to follow that ephemeral thing, sparkling at you from the unknown. Intended as a subversive indictment of millennials and their relationship to sex, drugs, media, gender norms, and violence, LAST WEEKEND is modern melodrama that transforms into a noir-ish thriller.

Shot on location in just five days, even the untraditional production method reflected the themes in my life and in the narrative. Despite the challenges, I was inspired by the actors and technicians around me. I could watch them do anything. Get out of their way, let them perform. Don't artificially create tension or ratchet up the pace with editing. We just calmly watch and listen. Even when what is happening is, shall we say... not so calm. That juxtaposition between time and energy has so much tension. It's on the razor's edge of each slow methodical zoom.” In the past these production limitations had always prevented me from directing a film. Now, I finally found a way to transpose them into an aesthetic that may break from the traditional, but totally works. Defined by its unique visual language, and driven by powerful performances, I'm proud to present LAST WEEKEND. For better or for worse - my life, my passions, my love, and my fears, permeate every frame.