Holding the Man

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Australia | 2015 | 127 minutes | Neil Armfield

Based on Tim Conigrave's bestselling memoir, this passionate drama tells the story of a years-long romance between two men, from their awkward and forbidden teenage beginnings through the ups and downs of their longtime relationship.

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16-year-old Tim (Ryan Corr, The Water Diviner) develops a crush on his football-star classmate John (Craig Stott), at first only from afar. In 1976 Melbourne, any open admission of gay attraction could have dire consequences. But after John reciprocates Tim's flirtations, the two become a barely disguised couple, much to the concern of their parents—especially John's father, Bob, played by Anthony LaPaglia (Empire Records, "Without a Trace") in a masterfully conflicted performance of homophobic disgust and fatherly love. As they move on to separate colleges, Tim and John remain a couple, beginning what becomes a stormy but enduring affair of the heart that stretches for 15 years. From the excitement of new-found liberation in the late 1970s to the devastation and horror of the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, the relationship between Tim and John chronicles the gay experience of those turbulent decades, when an HIV-positive diagnosis was a death sentence for a segment of the population that was just beginning to shed its pariah status. Based on the best-selling memoir by the late Australian actor Tim Conigrave, director Neil Armfield's film depicts the doomed true-life romance with heartfelt emotion, without ever descending into maudlin territory. With a lively '80s soundtrack and new contributions by Rufus Wainwright, the film is a wrenching but ultimately uplifting love story.

Director Biography
Neil Harmfield is a director of film, television, and theater from Sydney, Australia. He has won awards for his diverse body of work, and in 2007 was awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of Australia. Alongside his film work, he has directed productions for the Belvoir Street Theater in Sydney and Opera Australia. Holding the Man is his latest feature since 2006's Candy.

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  • Director: Neil Armfield
  • Principal Cast: Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Kerry Fox, Camilla Ah Kin, Sarah Snook, Guy Pearce
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Australia
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Producer: Kylie du Fresne
  • Screenplay: Tommy Murphy
  • Cinematographers: Germain McMicking
  • Editors: Dany Cooper
  • Music: Alan John
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Candy (2006); The Castanet Club (1990); Twelfth Night (1987)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing