Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt’s memory will live on in her final movie, filmed before her tragic death on Boxing Day last year.
The 29-year-old died in hospital just weeks after her parents Lars and Vivian, and sister Annabelle passed away, after their car collided with another vehicle driven by 50-year-old Craig Whitall – who also died on the scene.
Now she will star in sci-fi thriller Harmony, set to be released 10 months after she died on October 4 this year. She takes the lead role in the movie, directed by Corey Pearson, and a trailer has teased some of her scenes – which her family have said will be her “enduring legacy”.
Her character, 21-year-old Harmony, was born with the power to absorb the fear of others. It was her final role before her sad death, as she never got the chance to take up Channel Nine’s reported offer to star in drama Bite Club in 2018.
Cowlick Entertainment and Bonsai Films have since announced they will be setting up a Falkholt Foundation in honour of Jessica and her family.
“All involved with this film have been utterly devastated by the passing of its lead actress Jessica Falkholt, who plays Harmony, in the Boxing Day crash last year,” an official statement read.
“Her large extended family are immensely supportive of this film and see it as her enduring legacy, so wish it to have as wide a release as possible around Australia and the world.
“They have written a dedication at the end of the film and we are working with them to set up a Falkholt Foundation.”
Jessica’s parents died at the scene, while her sister Annabelle passed away a few days later from her severe injuries. She was in Sydney’s Liverpool hospital at the time of her death and had her life support switched off.
Meanwhile, Jessica continued to fight for her life for several weeks in hospital, but tragically lost her battle in January, surrounded by her friends and extended family.
The Falkholts were injured when Whitall crashed into the family’s car after leaving a methadone clinic. Whitall had previously been jailed for driving with a disqualified licence and was driving on P-plates after recently obtaining his licence again. The Australian reported that Whitall, a grandfather and father of two, was “well known” to police and had a long criminal history.
The horror crash has since prompted calls for changes to road laws.