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


2020, Running Time: 9 minutes, 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.

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.