Arriving in UK cinemas on April 26 is Pond Life, a coming of age comedy drama written by acclaimed playwright Richard Cameron (The Glee Club, Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down) and directed by award winning theatre director Bill Buckhurst (Sweeney Todd).
Set in the mid 90s in a quiet mining village outside Doncaster, the film boasts a cast of upcoming young actors – Esme Creed Miles (Dark River), Tom Varey (Game of Thrones) and Angus Imrie (The Kid Who Would Be King) – as well as established names, including Siobhan Finneran (Apostasy), Sian Brooke (Sherlock) and Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch). Marking Bill Buckhurst’s debut as a film director, Pond Life sits in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities such as Billy Elliot, Brassed Off and The Full Monty.
In 1994 a rumour about the legend of a giant carp in the decoy ponds of an ex-mining village outside Doncaster had started. One night, Trevor takes watch at the water’s edge and decides to lead a brigade of neighbours and friends on a fishing expedition the following night. The group of people, each with their own struggles and issues, share a night to remember.
Originally written as a stage play, Richard Cameron decided twenty years later to rewrite it as the film script Pond Life. “When I first read Richard’s script I was blown away by the authenticity of the young voices in his story,” said Buckhurst when he decided to join the project and direct his debut feature film.
Buckhurst has appeared as an actor in Skyfall and The Foreigner, but realised his passion lay somewhere else when he directed performances on the Fringe. His most recent work includes directing Sweet Charity at the Nottingham Playhouse, Mucho Ado About Nothing at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and The Selfish Giant at the Vaudeville theatre.
Pond Life is to be released by Verve Pictures as part of their ‘First Feature Distribution Support Scheme’ funded by the BFI.
Pond Life will be available in UK cinemas from April 26 2019.