HOLD movie poster. HOLD is a short film thriller, directed by Jonathan Blagrove.

Released: 2020

Running Time: 9 minutes

Origin: UK

Screening Format: 4K & 2K DCP, ProRes 4444, Bluray

Original Format: Red Dragon

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Starring: Rob Whitelock, Jonny Phillips (voice), Vicky McClure

Director: Jonathan Blagrove

Producer: Peter Coventry

Executive Producers: Jon Max-Spatz, Crispin Buxton

Writer: Lynda Williams

Production Companies:

Coda Films Ltd. and Signature Pictures in association with The Princes Trust


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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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.

Festival Screenings

  • Screen & Story Film Festival 2020
  • This is England, Rouen (FR) 2021
  • 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 (UK) 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

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