Pond Life
Pond Life

Pond Life 15


Please note: This was screened in April 2019

Bill Buckhurst
Tom Varey, Esme Creed-Miles, Angus Imrie
100 mins, 2018, UK
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Veterans of theatre – playwright Richard Cameron and stage director Bill Buckhurst – combine their efforts for their film debut in this warm and charming coming of age tale about a young group of friends who embark on an unforgettable fishing expedition after hearing a legend of a giant carp residing in the nearby decoy ponds.

It’s the summer of 1994 in a quiet mining village just outside of Doncaster, and the air is swimming with rumours of an enormous carp in the area. Young Trevor takes watch one night at the water’s edge. The following evening he decides to lead a brigade of friends and neighbours on an expedition to catch the fish. In a world of broken families, cassette tapes, and political fever, these friends, each with their own struggles to bear, share a moment of harmony as they witness the carp for themselves that they will never forget.

Complemented by a fantastic original score from Richard Hawley and breakout performances from a talented cast of young actors, this is an insightful and perfectly formed story that draws you in and captures a moment in time that is simple and pure.

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