Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding The Man, is without a doubt one of the most profound pieces of Australian queer literature to date, that has touched thousands of hearts including my own. While the award-winning stage play of the same name by Tommy Murphy has seen its fair share of awards both on a national and international scale.
A love story that spans 15 years faces everything from separations, discrimination, temptation, jealously and loss, and finds itself reaching its climax during the AIDS epidemic that shocked the world. As someone who has seen both the stage play and read the book, Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo’s love story has made me laugh and brought me to tears. It is truly a piece of life changing literature and less than an hour ago the trailer for the long-awaited film adaptation just hit the Internet.
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.
The film made its world premiere on the 14th of June at the Sydney Film Festival to a sold out audience with critical applause and with the film set to hit cinemas on the 27th of August, Tim and John’s love story will be welcomed to a whole new generation.
The film adaptation has been a long time coming, so it goes without saying I’m dying to see this movie! Lets hope the film does it justice.
What did you think of the trailer?