Margaret Pomeranz on Holding the Man

FIRST there was the personalised account of a love affair by Timothy Conigrave, then an enormously successful stage adaptation by Tommy Murphy, and finally the film of Holding the Man, with Neil Armfield directing Murphy’s screen adaptation of the play. What is it that so resonates today about this story of a gay romance that began in the schoolyard and transcended social ostracism and parental disapproval, even the deadly hand that AIDS was to play in both men’s lives?

Timothy Conigrave (Corr) is not a jock, he’s artistic, he’s in the school