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BFI Flare

The world-famous LGBT London film festival, recently renamed as Flare, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. We got a sneak peak at some of the treats in store.

Holding the Man Defi nitely the one we’re looking forward to most, we caught up with writer Tommy Murphy to discuss its long journey to the big screen.

For anyone that doesn’t know Holding the Man, tell us in your own words what it is, how you came to be involved and what it was that first drew you to it. Holding the Man is a love story. It flies in the face of what you might expect of Australian society, especially in the 70s. These two guys meet in high school. They weather the disapprovals and attacks. Yes, there’s violent opposition and the rejection of parents, but there’s something special about Tim and John. It’s as if they’re destined to be together forever. Try as they might, no one can deny that.

The film is based on Tim Conigrave’s account of his life. He’s blisteringly, hilariously frank and his wicked spirit lives on in this film.

Talk us through the process of how the film came about. You initiated it, so was it a case of ‘no one else is getting to adapt this, it’s mine!’? The opportunity to make the film came out of the surprise success of the play, of which I was the playwright. We first staged it in a theatre of about 100. It kept selling out and then the Sydney Opera House picked it up. It’s had productions around the world since. It played in the West End a few years back. It was heartening to hear audiences react with the same emotion and laughter to a story that we knew to be very local. I think that’s Tim’s power, really. He achieves something so universal in the particularities of his life story. You feel like you were there passing that note in class to the person you had a crush on, or it was you defying that parent that refused to see what you see.

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Trans pioneer Aydian Dowling is this months cover star and inside he gives us the lowdown on his amazing journey so far. His fascinating story is accompanied by an exclusive photo shoot. Also in this issue: Gay shame. What is it, and do you have it? Brian Friedman - The choreographer and X-Factor and I'm A Celebrity star catches us up on where he's been, and where he's going next. Remembering the gay and bi men who changed the world. Jess Glynne. YouTuber Calum McSwiggan tells us whe he's NOT sorry about his porn past. Ruby Wax. Could you be arrested for owning poppers? Rikki Beadle-Blair. 12 things that will come between you and your boyfriend. Hansal Mehta. BFI Flare Festival - what do you need to book for? Travel to: Chicago and Lisbon. And don't forget all our regular features: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. Ask Aled. Dear Josh. Michelle Visage. Benjamin Cohen. Michael Alig. Modern Family. Positive Luke. PJ Brennan. The Guyliner. Last but not least, enjoy three bonus videos in this digital edition.