Film to be re­leased in 2013

The Compass - - TRIN­ITY SOUTH -

The role of Michael was the last one cast, af­ter the pro­ducer put out an au­di­tion call on the ra­dio.

Another of House’s aims was to sign Justin Simms on as di­rec­tor as soon as pos­si­ble.

Simms is an award-win­ning writer/di­rec­tor/pro­ducer who has worked on films in­clud­ing the screen ada­p­a­tion of Joel Thomas Hynes’ “Down to the Dirt.” As an avid reader of Ma­jor’s nov­els and a film­maker with an in­ter­est in pro­jects based on hu­man drama, Simms said he’s ex­cited to give “Hold Fast” new life on-screen.

“I was a big fan of ‘Hold Fast,’ the novel, when I was a boy,” he said.

“I think I read it back when it was out for the first time, or pretty shortly af­ter that. I’m a big fan of Kevin’s work, al­ways. I’ve read all of his books. So when the chance came to be a part of ‘ Hold Fast’ as a film, I thought it was a great op­por­tu­nity.

“I think Michael’s story is one that we’ve all sort of gone through on some level. It’s about kind of find­ing your place in the world. I think that’s a very univer­sal thing that we all have to deal with at some point. So I kind of hope that when peo­ple see the film and see Michael’s story, they’ll be able to see some of them­selves in it.”

Ma­jor has been on the “Hold Fast” set on and off, more out of cu­rios­ity than any­thing else. He hasn’t been of­fer­ing in­put, and in­sists it’s not his place to do so. He’s con­tent leav­ing it all up to Simms.

“I’m very con­scious of not get­ting in the way and be­ing more of an ob­server,” he said.

“Just like with a stage play, there’s a point at which you step away and let some­body else do their thing.

“There’s a thrill in see­ing what you wrote 35 years ago in a small house in East­port still have this life af­ter all this time, and it’s go­ing to find a new au­di­ence and a broader au­di­ence.”

The “Hold Fast” fea­ture film, fi­nanced in part by Tele­film Canada and the New­found­land and Labrador Film Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NIFCO), is ex­pected to be re­leased in 2013. tbrad­bury@thetele­ les­ley.ler­oux@thetele­

Kevin Ma­jor

Justin Simms

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