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Pond Life (2018)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Varey ... Trevor
Esme Creed-Miles ... Pogo
Angus Imrie ... Malcolm
Gianlucca Galluci ... Shane
Ethan Wilkie ... Dave
Abraham Lewis ... Maurice
Daisy Edgar-Jones ... Cassie
Shaun Dooley ... Russ Buckfield
Sally Lindsay Sally Lindsay ... Irene Buckfield
Sian Brooke ... Rachel Strickland
Adrian Hood ... Billy 'Big Daddy' Gomersal
Siobhan Finneran ... Kath Edlington
Julie Hesmondhalgh ... Muirel Panks
Steve Garti ... Kenny 'Little Guy' Yates
Paul Rider Paul Rider ... Harry Ellis


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 harmony as they witness the carp for themselves that they will never forget.

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14 November 2018 (UK) See more »


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Filmed in and around the ex-mining villages of Edlington and Maltby in South Yorkshire. See more »


One of the two fishermen at the beginning of the film wears a Leeds United football shirt from the 1996-97 season, a couple of years after the film is set. See more »

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The film begins be listing numerous people involved in the film in small text on one screen, preceded by "The" and succeeded by "film". See more »

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A Magical Nostalgic Experience!
22 August 2019 | by Jamie_SeatonSee all my reviews

If you was a kid in the mid 90's, England (like I was) you'll agree this film is perfect in setting the scene! The heaps of nostalgia I got watching this was both overwhelming and astounding. I feel if you wasn't this age at them times you might not get a feel for the nostalgic premise of which the film is amazing for! What a strange and pretty much carefree time it was. A perfect piece of mid 90s culture. I hope the director makes another gem like this. Happy I found it as well due to having no advertisements that I seen.

The film does have a fishing theme but doesn't dominate it. The main story here, the setting, a day in the life of kids in the 90's. The acting is really great, especially scenes by character, Pogo!

Beautiful and brought back many amazing, odd, surreal, adolescent memories of which was attributed by such a great set designer, script and direction.

I'd recommend to anyone who wants a glimpse into the 90s council estate culture with hints of comedy, drama and heartfelt scenes.

Great film

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