Pond Life (15)

The McCarthy1hr 36mins

Summertime, 1994. In a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster...


Written by Richard Cameron
Based on the play 'Pond Life' by Richard Cameron
Directed by Bill Buckhurst

Price: £7, £6 concessions, £5 Circle cardholders and Under 30s

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3 May

It’s summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village in Yorkshire. 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 begin to swirl about town, this young community, led by Trevor, embark on a fishing expedition they will never forget.

With breakout performances by a cast of rising stars, and an evocative original score by Richard Hawley, this bittersweet debut feature sits alongside Billy Elliott and Brassed Off in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities.

Before Richard Cameron became a full-time playwright, he was a teacher in Scunthorpe and used to regularly bring his students to perform work here when the SJT used to host the National Student Drama Festival.

Friday 3 May, 7.15pm This screening will end with an onstage Q&A with the writer Richard Cameron and the director Bill Buckhurst.

Full synopsis

It’s summer in Edlington.

Trevor sits at Decoy Ponds, patiently awaiting the appearance of Nessie, the carp of legend.
Pogo wanders around town with a cassette recorder, taping broken fragments, and trying to make sense of it all. The local children taunt her.

Cassie and Maurice canoodle in the reeds… they’re in love.

Malcolm is also in love, with Cassie that is, but she doesn’t want to hear it and Maurice has just thrown him in a nettle bush. He takes comfort in video games at the local arcade, and tries to astral project himself into her bedroom.

Best friends Shane and David cause mischief around the town; stealing chocolate bars and every opportunity they can to a glimpse a pair of boobs. Shane takes it one step further and spies on a canoodling couple in the reeds.

‘This is the best summer of my life’ says Pogo, and for each of them the sun, the bittersweet intensity of their relationships, and their fishing quest make the moment exceptionally vivid. But change is also in the air - there is no room for Trevor at home, the truth about Maurice’s family has to emerge, and their community has to move on.


Friday 3 May 2019, 2.45pm

Friday 3 May 2019, 7.15pm

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Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough
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