THE trailer for the film adaptation of Holding The Man has just been released ahead of its August 27 cinematic release.

Based on the real-life events of writer, actor and activist Timothy Conigrave, Holding The Man will bring to cinema the timeless love shared between Conigrave (Ryan Corr) and his partner of 15 years John Caleo (Craig Scott), almost two decades after it was first published in 1995.

Directed by Neil Armfield, the coming of age love story chronicles their relationship from the football fields of Melbourne’s Xavier College in the 1970s, all the way to their battles with AIDS-related illnesses in 1990s Sydney.

The film ultimately explores the power of love in being able to overcome everything from parental resistance and societal discrimination, to the challenges and devastation associated with contracting HIV and AIDS.

The film also becomes an exploration of loyalty and trust, and the tribulations associated with being apart.

The cast also features Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Fox and Sarah Sook.

Conigrave’s book was first adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Tommy Murphy in 2006. The film adaptation, of which Murphy is also a screenwriter, received critical acclaim after its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival closing night recently.

Watch the trailer:

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