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This documentary, directed by Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, is anchored by Tim’s voice, from a recording he made in 1993 as part of an oral history project intended to capture the stories of a generation of young gay men with HIV. We also see archive footage, home movies and stills, and television excerpts, some dramatic reconstructions (with actors lip-synching to Tim’s narration) and interviews with Tim and John’s friends, several of whom were portrayed in Holding the Man. 8/10.
At an exclusive Catholic boys school in Melbourne 1976, Tim Conigrave and John Caleo fell madly in love. Their passionate, tempestuous, operatic romance lasted for 16 years, facing disapproval, temptation, separation, and the looming shadow of the Grim Reaper. Their relationship has been immortalised in Conigrave’s posthumous autobiography Holding the Man (now a major Australian film directed by Neil Armfield). This is the true story of how Romeo met Romeo and how first love can not only last but endure.
Their passionate, tempestuous, operatic romance lasted for sixteen years, facing disapproval, temptation, separation, and the looming shadow of the Grim Reaper. Their star crossed relationship was immortalized in Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding the Man, and has been adapted for stage and screen. Remembering the Man (2016) The love story between Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo has become quite familiar by now. 2015 marked twenty years since Conigrave’s memoir, Holding the Man, was published, as well as the release of the film adaptation.