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Black Pond (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 11 November 2011 (UK)
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An ordinary British family and their friend are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Black Pond is an existential comedy drama starring two-time BAFTA winner Chris ... See full summary »

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Tom Kingsley (story), Will Sharpe (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Chris Langham ... Tom Thompson
Simon Amstell ... Eric Sacks
Amanda Hadingue Amanda Hadingue ... Sophie Thompson
Colin Hurley ... Blake
Will Sharpe ... Tim Tanaka
Anna O'Grady Anna O'Grady ... Katie Thompson
Helen Cripps Helen Cripps ... Jess Thompson
Bernadette Russell Bernadette Russell ... Mad Rita
Bonzo Bonzo ... Boy the dog
Arnab Chanda Arnab Chanda ... Edward
Sophia Di Martino ... Rachel
Arthur Tatsuki Sharpe Arthur Tatsuki Sharpe ... Hal
Elisabeth Vriend Elisabeth Vriend ... Eve
Robert Harper Robert Harper ... Pompous Reporter
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An ordinary British family and their friend are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Black Pond is an existential comedy drama starring two-time BAFTA winner Chris Langham and double British Comedy Award Winner Simon Amstell. Written by Anonymous

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This was Chris Langham's first acting role after his release from prison. On August 2, 2007, he was convicted of 15 counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. Langham was sentenced to ten months in prison on September 14, 2007. However, he was released on November 2, 2007 after his sentence was reduced on appeal. See more »

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Tom Thompson: Don't keep saying "what?", I'm showing you his corpse!
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an independent black comedy surely set for cult status
28 February 2012 | by GreigSee all my reviews

An incredibly impressive debut film from youthful newcomers Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley. Black Pond is a delightfully grim black comedy about the Thompson family, who're embroiled in a tabloid scandal about the death of a new family friend. They say that truth is stranger than fiction and, while this IS fictional, it has a realistic plausibility and a documentary style which makes the almost farcical events seem hilariously absurd in contrast with the repressed sobriety of the upper-middle-class English milieu. It's one of these films that will have you grinning like a Cheshire cat all the way through, giggling and snorting like a child who's just heard an old man fart during a quiet church service and eventually letting out a proper belly-laugh every now and then. Colin Hurley, Amanda Hadingue, Simon Amstell, Will Sharpe (writer/director/actor) and the whole cast are excellent and Chris Langham makes a long-awaited return to film (with the controversy of his own personal ordeal with negative publicity perhaps adding its own somewhat dark undertone to the film – almost definitely NOT a conscious effort by the producers though!). It's a fine example of typically British satirical wit and exemplary of the potential of indie cinema, considering it was made on tiny budget of £25,000. The lack of money means this film will only be seen by few people on its limited release, but as it gathers rave reviews and serious respect, it will no doubt earn cult status by the time it's out on DVD. More like this and more from Sharpe and Kingsley please!


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