Molly Parker to 'Hold Fast' with Canadian Indie Film Lead

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"The Firm" star is performing in the Newfoundland coming-of-age drama, ahead of directing her first feature film, "The Ballad of Maura MacKenzie," next year.

TORONTO - The Firm's Molly Parker is taking a starring role in Hold Fast, the Canadian indie feature from director Justin Simms and producers Markham Street Films and Rock Island Productions.

Parker is to play an aunt in the dramatic feature about a young man forced to move away from his fishing village after his parents are killed in a car crash, and ending up on a road trip.

Adapted from Kevin Major's novel of the same name, the coming-of-age tale also stars Avery Ash and Douglas Sullivan as the film's young leads, with Taylor Vincent and Tim Myles rounding out the young cast.

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Adult roles will also be filled by Aiden Flynn, Andy Jones and Des Walsh.

Hold Fast will start shooting on May 28 in Newfoundland, and received financing from the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Telefilm Canada and Entertainment One, which will release the title domestically in 2013.

Rosemary House of Rock Island Productions adapted the screenplay for Hold Fast.

Rock Island and Markham Street Films are also behind Molly Parker’s directorial debut, The Ballad of Maura MacKenzie, with production set for spring 2013.