Remembering the Man set for small screen debut on ABC2

Remembering the Man will screen as part of the ‘Sunday Best’ season of feature length documentaries on ABC2, Sunday 30 July at 8.30pm. Remembering the Man 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.

TV Tonight | 12 July 2017


Remembering the Man takes to the screen at Frameline

Remembering the Man will screen at the world’s largest and longest-running LGBTQ film festival, Frameline, in San Francisco. This beautiful, tragic love story will stir your soul and motivate your mind. Based on the 1995 memoir Holding the Man by Australian writer, actor and activist Timothy Conigrave (a memoir that also inspired the Frameline40 drama of the same name), Remembering the Man is a profound portrayal of a passionate and complicated romance. The award-winning documentary will screen on Friday 16 and Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Frameline41 | 29 May 2017


Deluxe edition of Remembering the Man DVD now available

The long-awaited, deluxe DVD release of Remembering the Man is finally here.

The award-winning, feature-length documentary about Tim Conigrave and John Caleo – the real men behind Holding the Man – has won countless awards and been featured in film festivals around the world.

Now for the very first time, it’s yours to own on DVD.

The limited edition release includes:

  • Interviews with Tim’s family (Anna Davison and Nick Conigrave)
  • Soft Targets, Australia’s first theatrical response to HIV-AIDS (devised by Tim)
  • Featurette on The Globos, the cabaret group of which Tim was a member in the 1980s
  • Interview with James Waites (Tim’s interviewer for the AIDS oral history project)
  • Interview with Father Peter Wood (Chaplain, Fairfield Hospital)
  • Tim’s showreel from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
  • John and Tim’s photo album
  • Tim’s high school film
  • Remembering the Man theatrical trailer.

The DVD is available exclusively through the Remembering the Man website.


Remembering the Man nominated for best feature length documentary award

tim-picnicIn a strong year for Australian documentaries, this year’s nominees for Best Feature Length Documentary see emerging filmmakers vying for an AACTA Award alongside established documentary-making talent. Remembering the Man is up against some strong Australian documentaries including Chasing Asylum (Eva Orner), In the Shadow of the Hill (Dan Jackson) and Snow Monkey (Lizzette Atkins, George Gittoes).

AACTA | 14 July 2016


Franco di Chiera remembers Tim and John

francoThe story of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo has captivated Australian audiences since Tim’s autobiography Holding the Man was released in 1995. The true story of two young guys who fell in love at school, has gone on to be a bestselling book, a successful play and an award winning film. A new documentary Remembering the Man looks at their 16-year long relationship from a different perspective. One of the people featured is Franco di Chiera, a long term friend of the couple. Franco spoke to OUTinPerth about the time he spent with Tim and John.

OUTinPerth | 29 May 2016


Remembering the Man wins MiFo’s Best Documentary

mifo-lgbt-festivalRemembering the Man has received the jury award for Best Documentary as part of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival 2016 (formerly the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival). The award comes ahead of the documentary’s North American premiere at Regal Cinemas South Beach on 30 April 2016.

MiFO | 15 April 2016


Melbourne Queer Film Festival Awards 2016

Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016Remembering the Man has walked away with not one, but two, awards from the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016. Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe were awarded the David McCarthy Award for Best Documentary (Australian or International) as well the Audience Award for Best Documentary (Australian or International).

MQFF | 15 April 2016


‘I just sat there and cried’: the making of Remembering the Man

TIM-JOHN“Out of the blue, at 4am Lipari time, a phone call came. The voice on the other end of the line was Lois Caleo, John’s mother. “She said to me, ‘Oh, I just felt like calling you. Touching base to see how the film is going. Telling you what a good thing I think it’s going to be and how important I think it’s going to be for John’s story,’” Bird says. “I thought, if there’s ever a spiritual thing happening over our film – to say you know what, keep going – that was it.”

The Guardian | 12 April 2016