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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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Neil Armfield

Writers:

Tommy Murphy (screenplay), Timothy Conigrave (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Corr ... Timothy Conigrave
Sarah Snook ... Pepe Trevor
Francesco Ferdinandi Francesco Ferdinandi ... Italian Waiter
Craig Matthew Stott ... John Caleo (as Craig Stott)
Lee Cormie ... Eric
David Woods David Woods ... Drama Teacher Chook Hennessey
PiaGrace Moon ... Prue
Tegan Higginbotham ... Gina
Josh Burton Josh Burton ... Derge (as Joshua Burton)
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Father Wallbridge
Mason Viola Mason Viola ... Paul Caleo (15 years)
Anthony LaPaglia ... Bob Caleo
Camilla Ah Kin Camilla Ah Kin ... Lois Caleo
Luke Christopoulos ... Chris Caleo (13 years)
Kerry Fox ... Mary Gert Conigrave
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Storyline

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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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ne engedd el See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$767,038
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the adolescent Tim first asks John if he'll "go round with him," the telephone used by Ryan Corr is the actual telephone Timothy Conigrave would have used to make the call in real life. It was Conigrave's personal bedroom telephone from his youth, provided to the production by his sister Anna Davison. See more »

Goofs

In 1985, as Tim interviews an HIV patient named Richard, a copy of OUT magazine is seen on the table under the tape recorder. OUT was first published in 1992. 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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Crazy Credits

There is a snippet of a recording with writer Tim Conigrave, and a photo of Tim and John together, after the last film credit. See more »

Connections

References 9 to 5 (1980) See more »

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Written by Rick Davies (uncredited) and Roger Hodgson (uncredited)
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29 August 2015 | by jbrancinaedSee 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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