Multiple Grammy-winning artist Sam Smith is singing the praises of Australian film Holding The Man.
The film, which tells the true story of writer/actor Timothy Conigrave’s 15-year romance with a man he met at a Catholic all-boys school in the 1970s, launches in Australia on August 28.
“I can’t tell you all enough how much this book and film have meant to me over the past half a year,” Smith says in a passionate Instagram post, about Conigrave’s heartbreaking memoir about his life with John Caleo in 70s and 80s Australia.
“This project and piece of work is the most breathtaking thing I have ever seen,” he said.
“As a gay man, it’s very difficult sometimes to find films that I can properly and truly relate to. Although I can’t relate to the awfully sad ending to Tim and John’s story.
“The most powerful thing for me was how this book captured what it’s like to grow up gay and all those confusing scary and amazing moments I had coming out and realising who I was.”
Smith is urging people to watch the film when they can.
“And please spread the word. I long for the day when there are way more films about gay relationships, straight relationships, bisexual and transgender relationships and life stories.
“But for now support THIS film. Because this book and film pretty much changed my life.”
This is the second time Smith has brought attention to Holding The Man.
He posted a photograph of the book’s front cover to his Instagram page in May, telling fans they should all read it “because it’s incredibly inspiring”.
“Sitting on the plane crying my eyes out at the end of this book,” he said.
“Honestly, I can’t beg you all enough to read this. It’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever read. Life changing. If only we could get all the homophobes in the world to read it.”