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Based on the much loved and hugely successful memoir and stage play of the same name, HOLDING THE MAN is the warm, funny and achingly sad 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 prejudice and adversity.

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Ryan Corr - Craig Stott - Kerry Fox - Camilla Ah Kin - Sarah Snook - Guy Pearce - Anthony LaPaglia -
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Goalpost Pictures Australia Pty Ltd  HTM Film Productions Pty Ltd
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Transmission Films Pty Limited
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Goalpost Film

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