Very few stories are held as near and dear to the heart of Australian literature as Holding The Man is.
Timothy Conigrave‘s best-selling memoir represents a timeless, poignant, and inherently Australian tale of love, loyalty, and loss – a genuine Australian masterpiece regardless of genre, let alone a complete masterclass in LGBTQI storytelling.
The book was famously adapted into a critically acclaimed, highly successful stage play in 2006, and has since toured the country, and the world, on multiple occasions.
And finally, we’re about to see Conigrave’s story realised on the big screen – with a film adaptation set for wide public release following this year’s film festival season.
The first trailer for the film version has dropped, and even in a 2 minute form it looks absolutely stunning.
The film faithfully follows the plot of the memoir, in which Conigrave (played on screen by Ryan Corr) meets John Caleo (played by Craig Stott) who is the captain of his high school football team. The story captures their 15 year-long relationship, and the trials and tribulations they face – both within their own relationship, and with their friends and family, and (ultimately) with illness.
The film was adapted for the screen by former Offspring and Devil’s Playground writer Tommy Murphy, with director Neil Armfield taking the reigns (having previously directed Candy in 2006, among others). The bumper cast also features Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Fox, and Sarah Snook.
The film is hitting screens first as part of local film festivals like the Sydney Film Festival, or the prestigious Melbourne International Film Festival – where it is playing as the centrepiece film.
It will hit local theatres later this year.
Trust us when we say you absolutely do not want to miss this one.
— FilmInk (@filmink) June 22, 2015