Film to be released in 2013
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. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com