Susan Jacobson’s debut feature film The Holding gets its UK release tomorrow. The film, likened to Straw Dogs, is set eight months after a wife killed and buried her abusive husband.
Excitement mounts for new British thriller The Holding, the debut feature film of Susan Jacobson. Set amongst the Peak District’s rolling hills, the film takes place on an isolated farm eight months after Cassie (Kierston Wareing) killed and buried her husband Dean over his sexual abuse of daughter Hannah (Skye Lourie). Now, still harbouring her terrible secret, Cassie is struggling to keep the farm afloat. But others have secrets too and when an old acquaintance of Dean shows up, Cassie’s guilt may not stay in the shadows.
Director Susan Jacobson likens the film to Straw Dogs especially given its setting in the English countryside. Jacobson says she loves Straw Dogs and that writer James Dormer was definitely influenced by Sam Peckinpah’s film. She says, “James definitely based a great deal of the story on Straw Dogs. Without giving to much away Straw Dogs has a good guy turning bad and that’s essentially what happened in The Holding.”
The Holding is another string to the bow of a burgeoning UK film industry. Developed from the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, James Dormer’s script was chosen to enter production. “I do a lot of work for BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum and it’s basically a forum to showcase new writing in the UK,” says Jacobson. “So people submit their work and we choose three scripts to work on and then we workshop them and do a performance extract from each of the three in front of an audience with a guest of note from the industry. So this script which was at the time called Other People’s Things came through that and I just loved the writing so much and I just clicked with the writer and that’s how it started.”
See The Holding trailer below. It is released in the UK tomorrow (9th September).
Susan Jacobson’s The Holding – Trailer: