Timothy Conigrave published his 1995 memoir “Holding the Man” several months before his death. The true story tale deals with his relationship with his lover of fifteen years, John Caleo, whom he met at a Jesuit Catholic school in Melbourne in the mid-1970s – Tim was a drama major, John the captain of the football team.
The book went on to win a United Nations Human Rights Award the year it came out, but has more recently found fame as an acclaimed stage play adaptation by Tommy Murphy – an award-winning play that became one of the most successful Australian stage productions in recent years, and has gone on to play in different parts of the world including London’s West End and Los Angeles.
Now the story has been adapted for the screen with Ryan Corr (“Wolf Creek 2”) and Craig Stott in the lead roles along with Guy Pearce, Anthony La Paglia, Sarah Snook, Geoffrey Rush and some other famous Aussie talent in supporting parts.
Filmmaker Neil Armfield directed the movie which served as the closing night film of this year’s Sydney Film Festival the other week, and will score a national release in Australia on August 27th. Today Transmission Films has released both the official poster and trailer which you can see below: