Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding The Man is beloved by many, especially amongst people in its native Australia, where the book has already become a stage play and is now a film.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Tim and John fell in love at their all boys high-school while both were teenagers. John was captain of the football team. Tim an aspiring actor playing the lead in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.
‘Ryan Corr and Craig Stott will star in this remarkable true-life story as Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose enduring love affair has been immortalised in both Tim’s cult-classic and hilarious memoir and Tommy Murphy’s award-winning stage play of the same name. Murphy has adapted Tim’s book for the screen.’
As you may have guessed the greatest obstacle they face from the 1970s into the 1990s is the spectre of AIDS.
The great cast of Holding The Man also includes Kerry Fox, Sarah Snook, Anthony LaPaglia and Guy Pearce.
It’s due out in Australia on August 27th, and will hopefully make to other parts of the world soon.