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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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Timothy Conigrave
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Pepe Trevor
Francesco Ferdinandi ...
Italian Waiter
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John Caleo
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Eric
David Woods ...
Drama Teacher Chook Hennessey
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Prue
Tegan Higginbotham ...
Gina
Josh Burton ...
Derge (as Joshua Burton)
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Father Wallbridge
Mason Viola ...
Paul Caleo (15 years)
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Bob Caleo
Camilla Ah Kin ...
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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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 »

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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 9 to 5 (1980) See more »

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Written by Rick Davies (uncredited) and Roger Hodgson (uncredited)
Performed by Roger Hodgson
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Holding The Love
2 November 2016 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the good felling I felt when watching Holding The Man is the intense acting of Ryan Corr. He gives the film such a radiance that not even the dark events of AIDS can destroy. It's because of him I would rate the film so high. Not that the other actors are bad. It's simple because we don't feel bad during the screening; we simply accept the facts with a painful smile. Corr is so good in portraying an immensely lovable person we assume the facts as they are. The AIDS crisis won't destroy love, it simply turn it more intense. As we move back and forward through the film, we go on learning the power of love. The film doesn't tell us what the characters do for a living, but we understand they have very little, as when they show the parting of the belongings of the one who is dying, but that doesn't matter. They are full of life in that environment of death at stake. It isn't properly the story that holds us on, but Tim's character that never leaves a moment of sorrow. I'd highly recommend it, if only for showing that AIDS isn't the worst. The worst is lack of love, and that abounds in the whole movie.


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