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Holding the Man (2015)

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance... See full summary »

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Prue
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Father Wallbridge
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Lois Caleo
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Chris Caleo (13 years)
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Mary Gert Conigrave
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Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it - the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses - until the only problem that love can't solve tried to destroy them.

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Trivia

This is the second film Sarah Snook and Ryan Corr have starred together. They first starred together in 2012 film "Not Suitable For Children." See more »

Goofs

When Tim is interviewing AIDS patient Richard, Richard asks when Tim was born. Tim replies October 1959. Tim's actual birthday is November 19, 1959. See more »

Quotes

Timothy Conigrave: What happens to my soul if I go mad? Does it stay trapped inside or is it floating free?
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References Nine to Five (1980) See more »

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Dreamer
Written by Rick Davies (uncredited) and Roger Hodgson (uncredited)
Performed by Roger Hodgson
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29 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

We saw it last night and I was crying within the first five minutes!!!!

I've read the book and absolutely loved (and hated) it. It was such a powerful book for that time in my life and slapped me silly with the raging emotions it evoked within me.

I loved it so much because of the story telling, the characters, the connections and the relevance to my life as a young sexually active man coming to terms with his sexuality. I hated it because it made me cry so bloody much and I fell in love with both of them and it was so gut wrenching. It touched me in a way I will never forget and the film does that experience justice.

The acting is spot on and the chemistry between the two is perfect. It was an interesting choice to use the same actors for the early school years, but given the importance of the connection between Tim & John I and understand why this was done and I don't think it hurts the film in any way. The surrounding cast is equally exceptional and Anthony Lapaglia's performance was wonderful.

This is an exceptional love story that is released at the perfect time, when marriage equality and same sex relationship rights is at the forefront of society again.


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