Pond Life - Hard of Hearing

"A young cast are pitch-perfect in this adaptation of Richard Cameron’s South Yorkshire-set play." ★★★★ Observer

Showing Times

Wed 22 May 18:45

It’s summertime 1994, in South Yorkshire. The community is trying to find a way forward after the closure of the local mine, and the youths reflect a similar aimless anxiety as their parents. Trevor is treading on everyone’s toes at home as misfit Pogo is trying to make sense of the world. Lovesick Malcolm is trying to mend his broken heart, and best friends Shane and David have nothing better to do. When rumours of a giant carp at the local ponds spread about town, this young community, led by Trevor, embark on a fishing expedition they will never forget.  

With some excellent performances by a cast of rising young actors and an evocative original score by Richard Hawley, this bittersweet debut feature from theatre director Bill Buckhurst is in the socially conscious tradition of Ken Loach and Shane Meadow, and it has more than a touch of Stand By Me charm.  It's a sweet, sometimes sad, coming of age comedy - beautifully observed in its period details - which gently wends its way to a satisfying-but-not-pat conclusion.

The screening is with Hard of Hearing subtitles, which fully audio-describe the action, including details like *he laughs* and *plane passes overhead*.  This is a boon for some but distracting for others.


Film Information

99 mins

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