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Tommy, an out of work building contractor, faces up to the consequences when a series of phone calls expose a lie that spirals out of control. With his family in danger and everything he knows rapidly unravelling around him, he must make the toughest decision of his life.

Set entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a parked car, HOLD brings an atmospheric and tense twist on a familiar genre, starring Robert Whitelock (Informer, End of the F***ing World), Jonny Phillips (Outlaw King, Titanic) and Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, This is England).

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Festivals screenings

Screen & Story Film Festival 2020 – This is England, Rouen (FR) 2020

Derby Film Festival (UK) 2020

LA Neo Noir Film Festival (US) 2020

Norwich Film Festival (UK) 2020
Best East Anglian Short Nominee

Foyle Film Festival (UK) 2020
Light In Motion Award Nominee

Harrogate International Film Festival (UK) 2021

Beeston Film Festival (UK) 2021

Amplify! Bristol Film Festival (UK) 2021

Crystal Palace Film Festival (UK) 2021

Paracinema (UK) 2021

Suffolk Shorts 2021
Best East Anglian Short Nominee

Oregon Short Film Festival (US) 2021

Southport Internation Film Festival (UK) 2021

Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival (US) 2021

Sydney Short Film Festival (Aus) 2021
Best Action Nominee

South London Film Festival (UK) 2021



**** “A wonderful character-driven drama wrapped in heart pounding heist movie that will keep you right on the edge of your seat.”
UK Film Review

“Blagrove’s short is an exciting and interesting new short that looks to push the boundaries of genre filmmaking.”
Film East Blog
“A beautifully rounded story, tense from the outset”
Beeston Festival Review Team
“Great acting, script. suspense and cinematography. Powerful characters.”
The Beeston Festival Jury Team
“HOLD, a British crime Drama/Thriller, is dark and grim, yet very human.  Character driven, it has a flawed main character who is tormented over a secret possibly being exposed. Stylistically familiar yet unique in contact, it will keep you on the edge of a seat and won’t bore you with vapid and shallow genre-typical violence”.
Sara Jakubcova




Best Crime Film
Harrogate International Film Festival (UK) 2021

Sales & Distribution

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Directors Statement:

With HOLD, I wanted to make a thriller where the characters and drama were firmly based in reality; a slice of genre film making that would be more relatable to our audience. Tommy isn’t necessarily a bad person, he’s human, fallible and in too deep, but ultimately his decisions have put his family in very real danger.

On first look this is a heist or getaway film, our protagonist in place, engine running, as the clock ticks down, but really HOLD is about the choices that we make in life and how a single decision can have serious consequences further down the road.

Tommy – Robert Whitelock
Ellie – Vicky McClure
Private Number – Jonny Phillips

Directed by Jonathan Blagrove
Written by Lynda Williams

Producer – Peter Coventry
Co-Producer – Paul Desira
Executive Producers – Jon Max Spatz, Crispin Buxton

Director of Photography – Christopher Sharman
Editor – Anthony Melton 

Music by Alex Ball
Production Sound Mixer – Sebastian Jansen
Supervising Sound Editor – George Castle
Post Audio Facilities provided by GCRS.

Colourist – Adam Stannard
Grade Producer – Ben Stell
Online facilities provided by Framestore