A SPECIAL pre-release screening of Holding The Man will be hosted next month by ACON in Sydney to raise funds to end HIV transmission.

Based on Timothy Conigrave’s classic memoir of the same name, the film chronicles his 15-year long relationship with John Caleo in the 1970s and then in the midst of the country’s AIDS crisis.

[showads ad=MREC]The event also celebrates Conigrave’s work in the early 1990s as a health promotion officer at ACON, where he helped develop HIV prevention campaigns and educated young gay men.

ACON chief executive Nicolas Parkhill said: “Holding The Man is one of our community’s most cherished love stories, and it provides compelling personal insight into the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS during the early years of the epidemic.”

The screening will be held at the Ritz cinema in Randwick on Wednesday, August 12.

Tickets to see the film cost $30, and include nibbles and a two-for-one pass to Bingay, ACON’s monthly bingo night at The Shift Club on Oxford St.

To also attend the event’s after party, tickets cost $55, and guests will be able to enjoy drinks and canapés, and also the opportunity to chat with the film’s stars. (For details and bookings, click here)

The film is set to be released nationwide on August 27.

Watch the Holding the Man trailer:

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