16th April, 2019
Summertime, 1994, in a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, a rumour stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. Trevor takes watch one night at the water's edge. The following night, he decides to lead a brigade of young friends and neighbours on a fishing expedition. In a world of broken families, cassette tapes and rumbling political fever, these friends, each with their own struggles to bear, share a moment of harm.
Pond Life is the first feature of acclaimed theatre director Bill Buckhurst with a screenplay by Richard Cameron, sitting in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities. Buckhurst tells the story of ‘a disparate group of young people as they try to find their way in a complicated world despite all the pain, both personal and communal, that envelops them’.
OnSight had the honour of seeing pondlife through the whole post-production process, working with the Open Palm producers, Alexandra Breede, Rienkje Attoh and Dominic Dromgoole. Edited by Christopher Watson and with a fantastic original score by Richard Hawley, we hope that Pond Life which is out in cinemas now will receive the praise it deserves.