Holding the Man

Holding the Man

Holding the Man

Australian romantic drama following John, the football jock, and Tim, the actor with aspirations. Their high-school romance carries across 15 years – through discrimination, temptation and jealousy. Co-stars Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia (Balibo) and Sarah Snook (Predestination).

"Published in 1995, Holding the Man - winner of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction - is one of Australia's favourite books. A tender, celebratory and refreshingly honest memoir about the author's long-term love for John Caleo, his Melbourne high school's football captain...  Directed by Neil Armfield (Candy)... Adapted for the screen by Tommy Murphy, whose stage version wowed audiences from Sydney to London, it is every bit as moving, witty and inspirational as its source material." (Melbourne International Film Festival)

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong sex scenes and nudity128 minsAustralia
DramaRomanceFestival & Independent

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Holding the Man / Reviews

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Holding The Man could have been a mess. The source material is a memoir cherished by the gay community, riddled with complex emotional subjectivity and fantasy, that became an acclaimed stage play.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

The two central performances are superb, Corr and Stott encapsulating the emotional journey to perfection.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Memorable performances but a little wobbly.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Matches humour with devastation.

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Stuff

Stuff

Feels like a cross between French Canadian family drama C.R.A.Z.Y. and Philadelphia, but with its own distinctive Aussie flavour.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Owes much to the stage rather than the page, as the majority of its interactions and exchanges make clear.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A spry, delicately handled tearjerker.

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