TBB’s Nora Denis Reviews New Short Film ‘Hold’ By Eric Kolelas…

The short film Hold (2014) is now available to watch online. Written, produced and directed by Eric Kolelas (Fifty Pence, Not Far From The Tree) the film explores primal human needs in a post-apocalyptic world.

While researching, Kolelas describes how he came across Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; the first needs are physiological (breathing, nourishment, sex), they supposedly must be fulfilled before moving onto the next level of needs, and so on. Intimacy, friendship and familial relationships (love) are on the third level, a contradiction of sorts. It was from this that the concept for the afro-futuristic short grew.

Kolelas admits he ‘was more intrigued with the needs that involve human contact and connection […] and what happens when those needs are not satisfied’.

Hold’s opening image is a wild and vast field (nature reserve: Houghton Regis Chalk Pit, UK); there are no animals or humans visible and an eerie quiet creates an atmosphere of suspense until 30 seconds in when a moving silhouette of a man appears.

The short film stars Kolelas and Amanda Fernando-Stevens (Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy), they each give emotionally charged performances as two individuals who have not had any human contact in what is implied as a long time. Distrustful of one another but eager to survive, they reluctantly agree to make a trade: one need for another.

To find out more about Hold go to: http://www.holdshortfilm.com/
To find out more about Erick Kolelas go to: http://erickolelas.com/


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