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Pond Life Rated 15

Pond Life

Dir. Bill Buckhurst. UK, 2018. 1h 39m. Starring Tom Varey, Esme Creed-Miles, Angus Imrie, Gianlucca Galluci, Ethan Wilkie, Abraham Lewis.

Summertime 1994, in a quiet ex-mining village just outside Doncaster, a rumour stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. The following night, a group of teenagers decide to lead a fishing expedition. An nostalgic coming-of-age comedy, accompanied with a fantastic original score by Richard Hawley, from acclaimed theatre director Bill Buckhurst.

‘[A] sweet and, at times, rather sad slice-of-life drama, set during a stagnant summer in a working-class mining village in South Yorkshire.’ ★★★★ Simran Hans, The Observer

‘The depictions of sunburnt teenagers ambling through estates, obsessing over crushes and minor betrayals, yet haunted by the terrible truths of the adult world, seemed utterly true.’ ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times