Anybody who saw the powerful film Holding the Man will be interested to see the documentary Remembering the Man (assuming they haven’t already).
Produced and Directed by Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, this is the true story of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo.
Remembering the Man, screening as part of the Sunday Best season of feature length documentaries, is the story of love, loss, and AIDS from a uniquely Australian perspective. In the 1970s, at a prestigious Catholic boy’s school in Melbourne, arty and flamboyant Tim Conigrave fell madly in love with the star of the school’s football team…
In 1995, Timothy Conigrave’s memoir, Holding the Man, was published. The book told the story of his passionate relationship with his first and only love, John Caleo, a relationship that began in high school and ended 16 years laterwhen the AIDS virus struck down both men. Tim’s memoir became an instant classic. Millions of copies have been sold and the book has been adapted for the stage and screen.
Remembering the Man uncovers the true story of these star cross‘d Romeos: their awkward schoolboy romance; their parents’ efforts to keep them apart; temptation, infidelity and separation; how they came back together stronger than before; and finally the courage they had to find when they learnt they were both HIV positive.
Through Tim’s voice and intimate interviews with friends and colleagues and unprecedented access to archival footage and family photos, Remembering the Man paints a raw, gritty, and intimate picture.
8:30pm Sunday July 30 on ABC2.