NEIL ARMFIELD’S HOLDING THE MAN TO CLOSE THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Transmission Films is delighted that the world premiere of Neil Armfield’s HOLDING THE MAN will be a special Closing Night gala presentation at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.

HOLDING THE MAN will screen at the State Theatre on Sunday June 14.

Ryan Corr and Craig Stott star in this remarkable true-life story as Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose enduring love has been immortalised in both Tim’s cult-classic and hilarious memoir and Tommy Murphy’s award-winning stage play of the same name.

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them. At last, a love story for everyone!

Produced by Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires), HOLDING THE MAN also stars Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Fox, Sarah Snook and Guy Pearce.

In welcoming the news, Neil Armfield said: “Sydney was a special city for Tim Conigrave. It is where he spent his professional life first as an actor and then as an aids activist and social worker. It is where he died in 1994, days after completing his memoir Holding The Man. It is wonderfully appropriate to premiere our film at the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.”

Transmission Films will release HOLDING THE MAN in cinemas nationally from August 27.

Transmission’s Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten said: “HOLDING THE MAN truly is a love story for everybody. Neil Armfield’s exceptional direction of Tommy Murphy’s smart, funny and deeply moving screenplay has created a film that will move, enthrall and surprise audiences. We are thrilled that its Australian premiere will be this very special closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers is proud to be the presenting partner of HOLDING THE MAN, recognising the significance of the film’s contribution to the promotion of pride and diversity in the community.

Tickets for the Sydney Film Festival Closing Night film and party are available at: Sydney Film Festival