Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox are set to start filming Holding The Man next week in Melbourne, for director Neil Armfield (Candy).
Ryan Corr and Craig Stott will star as real-life couple Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose enduring love was immortalised in the former’s memoir, and in Tommy Murphy’s award-winning stage play of the same name. Murphy has adapted Conigrave’s book for the screen.
LaPaglia, Camilla Ah Kin, Pearce and Fox play the parents of the men, whose romance started at their all-boys high school. Caleo was captain of the football team, and Conigrave an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet.
“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. It is, at last, a love story for everyone,” said producer Kylie du Fresne in a statement.