"Hold the Dark"
Written by the Austin-based Macon Blair (left), and directed by Green Room’s Jeremy Saulnier (right), the Netflix thriller Hold the Dark finds wolf expert Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright) traveling to the outskirts of Alaska to hunt the wolf that reportedly took off with and killed a young boy at the behest of his distraught mother, Medora Slone (Riley Keogh). Core quickly discovers nothing is what it seems, and his attention shifts toward tracking down Slone’s disgruntled husband Vernon, an emotionally closed-off soldier who is played by Alexander Skarsgård. Vernon turns his grief against those who stand in his way of dispensing his own brand of justice, sparking a manhunt that is led by James Badge Dale’s small-town Police Chief Donald Marium. Adapted from the novel by William Giraldi, Hold the Dark premiered locally during this year's Fantastic Fest and ends its special engagement Oct. 4 at the Alamo South Lamar. It also is now available for streaming at Netflix. Jeremy Saulnier previously directed Murder Party, Blue Ruin, and Green Room, which all starred his Hold the Dark writer Macon Blair. The Austin-based Macon Blair also wrote and directed I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore and co-wrote Small Crimes, both for Netflix. Blair will next appear in director Jim Cummings’ Thunder Room, an Austin-shot drama that opens Oct. 12. Hold the Dark director Jeremy Saulnier and Austin-based screenwriter Macon Blair met with members of media during Fantastic Fest.
Aired: Oct. 4, 2018