Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry

Humorous gay memoir makes transition from book to screen

HONG KONG – Director Neil Armfield has assembled a starry cast for an Australian film adaptation of beloved book “Holding The Man.”

The story, of two young men who fell in love as teenagers and romanced each other for over 15 years, was also recently adapted as a stage play.

The cast includes Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox, as well as Camilla Ah Kin, Ryan Corr (“The Water Diviner”) and Craig Stott (TV’s “East of Everything”).

Production begins next week in Melbourne with Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie Dufresne as producer.

The screenplay for the film is adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s memoir by Tommy Murphy who previously wrote and directed the play.

Finance comes from Screen Australia, Screen Victoria, Screen NSW and private investor Cameron Huang. Local Australian distribution will be through Transmission Films, while London-based Goalpost Film will handle international sales.

“The success of Tim Conigrave’s book and Tommy Murphy’s stage play proves that this is a love story that speaks across generations, sexualities and cultures,” said du Fresne in a statement.

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