Holding the Man

About the film

Director Neil Armfield
Producer Kylie du Fresne
Writer Tommy Murphy, based on the book by Timothy Conigrave
Cast Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox, and Anthony LaPaglia
Production Company Goalpost Pictures Australia
Year 2015
Genre Drama


HOLDING THE MAN is a love story set in the 70’s and 80’s, about a bright catholic boy who falls in love with the captain of the school’s football team… and gets him for the roller coaster that is life! Based on Timothy Conigrave’s acclaimed memoir.

HOLDING THE MAN received it’s International Premiere at the 2016 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, presented as the Accenture Gala.


“Timeless Love Story” – Harry Windsor, Hollywood Reporter

“Beautifully written, directed and acted, HOLDING THE MAN covers an immense area of demanding terrain across its running time. Though fated by the tragic nature of its story to put all viewers through an emotional wringer, the film earns the right to do so by speaking a personal, yet universal truth that anyone with a heart will immediately understand.” – Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun

Singer/songwriter Sam Smith said on social media “this book and film pretty much changed my life.”

Holding the Man