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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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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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a true story. 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: [to John] I should have worked harder to make you come.
[Girls laugh]
Timothy Conigrave: Is there a problem?
[Girls laugh harder]
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Crazy Credits

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

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References 9 to 5 (1980) See more »

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Powerful and moving film of Tim Conigrave's well loved memoir
12 August 2015 | by TrevorJDSee all my reviews

Director Neil Armfield, who was at the charity screening of 'Holding the Man' I went to tonight, took a huge undertaking when he decided to direct the film of Tim Conigrave's autobiographical novel (A memoir that was an ode to Conigrave's lover and partner John Caleo). As Conigrave's book became such a well loved novel, and later a successful and highly regarded stage play. And now I am proud to say a very powerful and moving film.

The film 'Holding the Man' is filled with scenes that have such a strong emotional truth to them. Particularly for a gay man like myself, who experienced those years in the 80's and early 90's when AIDS took the lives of many friends and acquaintances; and when fear and ignorance of AIDS, and towards gay men, was the norm rather than the exception. However the centre of Conigrave's memoir was a love story that lasted 15+ years, and Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Banished, Love Child, ) and Craig Stott bare all in brilliant performances. Corr as the loud and opinionated Tim, and Stott as amiable and quiet John create an amazing chemistry on screen, and one that will earn them universal praise. However the great performances also extend to a roll call of top Australian acting talent that includes Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Anthony Lapaglia, Kerry Fox and Marcus Graham among many others. With a film spanning the 70's, 80's and 90's, it also has a great soundtrack of hits from the era.

Tim Conigrave died 10 days after writing 'Holding the Man', He probably had no understanding what a huge impact his book would have had on so many people across the world.

Read the book and go see this great Aussie movie.


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