From the Governor General Award Winning Novel by kevin major, the story of Michael, a young man whose world is turned upside down when his parents are killed in a car crash.
SYNOPSIS: Hold Fast is the story of Michael (Avery Ash) a smart and stubborn 14-year old whose world is turned upside down when his parents die in a car crash. He's separated from his little brother and sent to the city to live with his Aunt (Molly Parker) and Uncle (Aiden Flynn). In trouble at school and in constant conflict with his hard-nosed Uncle Ted, Michael feels uprooted and unwanted. And he doesn't hit it off with his timid cousin Curtis.
Aunt Ellen and new friend Brenda (Taylor Vincent) help to make him feel better and he tries to fit in. But Michael has a hot temper and the school bully (Tim Myles) picks on him at every turn. One day Michael goes ballistic and knocks the kid out cold. There's a terrible fight at home and Michael vows to run away. Curtis begs to join him and together they set off on a quest for freedom and belonging, determined to prove they can make it on their own.
They hitchhike across the island, ‘borrowing’ a car at a local airport before disappearing inside a deserted national park on a journey of adventure and belonging.
"A POWERFUL performance by Avery Ash!" "captures the THRILL of discovery and exploration" NATIONAL POST 3 out of 4 Stars!
"Charming, smartly scripted, often POIGNANT." "Hold Fast PULLS US IN effortlessly". TORONTO STAR 3.5 out of 4 Stars!
"A COMPELLING adventure!" Genuine performances bring depth, HONESTY and warmth". A MOVING coming-of-age story." Halifax CHRONICLE HERALD
A Rock Island and Markham Street Films Production. Directed by Justin Simms. Written by Rosemary House. Starring Avery ASH, Douglas SULLIVAN, Molly PARKER, Andy JONES, Aiden FLYNN and Des WALSH. Distributed by E-ONE ENTERTAINMENT. Theatrical release April 2013. Now screening on Pay-TV and available for purchase on iTunes in Canada and the US. Also screening in Middle East, Netherlands and Poland.