Monday 12 October - One off screening
Based on the much loved and hugely successful memoir (1995) and stage play (2006) of the same name, HOLDING THE MAN is the warm, funny and achingly sad story of the 15 year long love affair between Timothy Conigrave (Ryan Corr) and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo (Craig Stott). Tim was an aspiring actor. John, the captain of the school football team. Their relationship blossomed and endured in the face of prejudice, adversity and the cruel illness that devastated the gay community in the '80s. It was adapted for the stage by Tommy Murphy in 2006.
Exquisitely told, director Neil Armfield has captured the beauty of this love story whose emotional trajectory we share: joy, laughter, prejudice, outrage, pain and devastation. It's devastatingly sad and we know from the outset where the story is heading, but Armfield has managed to remove the distance between the audience and the screen, enabling us to embrace and experience something we will not forget.
Directed by Neil Armfield
128 mins Drama
“Go and see this moving and humane film”. Julian Wood, Filmink (Australia)
“The first great Australian movie about the AIDS crisis, filtered through ... a great romance. Wonderfully directed, and perfectly acted. Corr is amazing as Tim Conigrave ... emotionally present but also appropriately distant as Conigrave must have been”. CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
“It is beautiful. It is tragic. And it is an absolute must-see”. Giles Hardie, Flicks.co.nz
Join us on Friday Nov 6 for our Opening Night pre-screening Party with an Irish theme and special guests and then watch The Lobster, a
wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving and bizarre satire of our couple fixated society.
Over the weekend there are 6 more films specially selected to touch a range of emotions. A $60 weekend package for the true festival attendee (excludes opening night) or $12 single tickets at early bird pricing (until 18 October). More info Screenings/Love & Adventure - a weekend of film
Enjoy 4 fabulous days of well crafted, nourishing and uplifting short films from around the world in Gympie; 8 to 11 October. Visit www.heartofgold.com.au for full details on program and ticketing.
The Caloundra Film Festival opens with a free Outdoor Cinema showing of the Australian smash hit, Paper Planes at Quinn Park, Bells Reach, Caloundra on Saturday the 26th of September. A further five feature films at Big Screen Cinemas, Caloundra screen between 26 Sept & 7 October. www.caloundrafilmfestival.com
Noosa Theatre Live's next screening is The Beaux Stratagem on 11th October at 6:30pm and 12th October at 10am. Tickets are $25. Screening is at Noosa Arts Theatre .http://www.noosaartstheatre.org.au/
Individual tickets for the Met Opera series are now available. The Season highlights 10 exceptional operas and performances and commences with Il Travvatore on 24 25th and 28th of October.
7th, 12th and 21st October, 4th,18th and 30th November, 9th December.