Holding The Man – Film Tie in
Now a major film featuring Guy Pearce and Anthony LaPaglia, and directed by Neil Armfield. The mid-seventies: at an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that weathers disapproval, separation and, ultimately, death. With honesty and insight, Holding the Man explores the highs and lows of any partnership, and the strength of heart both men have to find when they test positive to HIV. This is a book as refreshing and uplifting as it is moving; a funny and sad and celebratory account of growing up gay.
'A monumentally loved book: just mention its title and it's enough to trigger off a wave of people's recollections of first reading it and the emotional toll it took on them . . . an Australian classic.' Benjamin Law. 'Sitting on the plane crying my eyes out at the end of this book ... Honestly, I can't beg you all enough to read this. It's the most incredible thing I've ever read. Life changing.' Sam Smith. 'Full of compassion, candour and zest for life.' The Australian. 'A fine, tender and sexy book.' David Marr. 'Amazingly more than the sum of its parts, a book to stir you up and knock you around and wring you out.' Peter Robb. 'A charming love story.' Herald Sun