In a post-apocalyptic world, a man burdened by his solitude discovers he is not alone.

  • Eric Kole
    Fifty Pence, Not Far from the Tree
  • Eric Kole
    Fifty Pence, Not Far from the Tree
  • Eric Kole
    Fifty Pence, Not Far from the Tree
  • Amanda Fernando-Stevens
    Key Cast
    Murder on Trial in Italy, Cloud 9
  • Eric Kole
    Key Cast
    Holby City, Fifty Pence, BBC Panorama, Mosa, Not Far from the Tree
  • Joni Juutilainen
    The Force That Through The Green Fire Fuels The Flower, Hanna,
  • Justine Barker
    Suspects, Crime Stories, Casualty
  • Christian McIlveen
    Edited by
  • Lewis Crossfield
    Colour Grade
  • Weronika Razna
    Sound Design
    Potwór, Fire-Followers
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    600 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 8, 2014
    UK Premiere
    Nomination: Best Drama
  • Limelight Awards
    United Kingdom
    October 13, 2017
    Nomination: Best 'Free Fall' Short Film
  • Bornshorts Film Festival
    Bornholm Island
    September 16, 2014
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Euroshorts Film Festival
    November 25, 2014
    Polish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Reel Black Men Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 24, 2015
    US Premiere
    Official Selection
  • SE10 Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 9, 2015
    Official Selection
  • African American Film Marketplace
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 16, 2016
  • BFM International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    July 4, 2015
  • Short Sighted Cinema - The Shortest Night
    United Kingdom
    June 19, 2016
Director Biography - Eric Kole

Eric Kole is an actor and film director. He graduated in 2008 from the University of West London with a 1st class degree in Film. Shortly after, he was offered for a role in a TV commercial, and decided to pursue acting, he has since worked as an actor for TV (Holby City, BBC Panorama...) and Film (Mosa, Five Thirteen, Sparrow...)
Eric also creates his own short films, which he writes and directs as well as acting in it, the first one of which was Fifty Pence, which premiered at the 2012 London Short Film Fest before screening at various international short film festivals (ASFF, ÉCU, BHFF, etc...)
Hold is his 3rd short form effort as an actor/director, following Not Far from the Tree.

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Director Statement

The idea for Hold came to me after doing some research on human needs, and what happens when those needs are not satisfied. I came across the Maslow hierarchy of needs, which designates physiological needs, like nutrition, health, and sex, as the first needs human need to satisfy before the next level of needs can be fulfilled. But I was more intrigued with the needs that involve human contact and connection.
With sex placed in the primary level, but love and belongingness on the third level, I try to explore the possibility that oneʼs attempts to fulfil the need for sex could be a misguided effort to fulfil less acknowledged needs, but nevertheless important, such as affection, touch, and connection.