Further to our interview with the directing duo behind Held, Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, we also got the chance to speak with the writer and leading lady, Jill Awbrey, together with her co-star, Bart Johnson.
Awbrey’s feature film scriptwriting and acting debut is a passionate and chilling, #MeToo inspired story that dissects relationship dynamics, abuse, gender roles, and today’s often stereotypical view of what a marriage is. In an attempt to rekindle their dwindling flame, married couple Emma (Awbrey) and Henry (Johnson) head off to a remote high-end rental for what they think will be a relaxing weekend. However, they soon find themselves trapped inside by the automated security system. Emitting from the house, an unknown ‘Voice’ watches their every move through an array of hidden cameras, revealing an intimate and unsettling knowledge of their relationship. While the situation grows increasingly brutal, Emma and Henry must work together to uncover the truth and find a way out before it’s too late.
Held releases in theatres and on demand this Friday, April 9th, so we sat down with Awbrey and Johnson who revealed how the film holds so many pieces of the writer’s heart and how the horror aspects should open many people’s eyes as to what really forms the bedrock of a healthy relationship.
Words: Howard Gorman