Holding the Man
Holding the Man on DVD August 02, 2016
Holding the Man is a 1995 memoir by Australian writer, actor, and activist Timothy Conigrave.
It has now been made into a stage play, film and documentary. It was adapted for the stage by Tommy Murphy in 2006. The original production, directed by David Berthold, is one of the most successful Australian stage productions in recent years, playing in most Australian capital cities and London’s West End. Murphy also wrote the script for the 2015 film adaptation, directed by Neil Armfield.
Based on the much loved and hugely successful memoir and stage play of the same name, HOLDING THE MAN is the warm, funny and extraordinarily moving story of the 15 year long love affair between Timothy Conigrave and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo. Tim was an aspiring actor. John, the captain of the school football team. Their relationship blossomed and endured in the face of everything life threw at it – pride, adversity, discrimination, temptation and loss – until the only problem that love couldn’t solve, tried to destroy them.
The term “holding the man” refers to a transgression that incurs a penalty in Australian rules football. Caleo was a star footballer at high school, captaining the school’s team and winning the APS Best and Fairest trophy in 1976. He was also an avid supporter of the Essendon Football Club, one of the reasons Conigrave appropriated the term as the book’s title.
Camilla Ah Kin
Director: Neil Armfield
Screenwriter: Tommy Murphy