Black Pond

Synopsis: 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.
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
83 min


( man )

Before I die,

I'd like to play a prince.

A noble prince, like princes

in the plays,

who fights and shouts

and dances like a god.

This place is mired by dirt

that will be seen.

In some untold,

unsensed dimension here...

where I surrender

all my worldly faults.

No longer am I scared to be


revered, remembered,

forgotten and abused.

No one wants to see themselves

splashed all over the papers,

do they really ?


And it's not quite right that

Tom just confessed.

Actually, the police

came round to the house

because in discovering Blake

they'd also discovered Boy,

who was still wearing his tag,

I think,

and, um, so, so actually

that's how they found us

and they were

making inquiries,

so the first we heard of it was

actually this sort of

15-year-old policeman

appeared at the door

asking questions about it.

Sophie's doing what she always

wanted to do,

which is write

poetry and be without me,

so she got two results

and, um, and,

you know, I-- I--

Although obviously I lost my job

because of the publicity,

but, you know,

that clich about a crisis being

an opportunity is very--

it's very fucking true.

Lost it ?

Almost like he doesn't need

you anymore, isn't it ?

Very true, yes.

If he can swim in the lake

and go home as he pleases.

I didn't mean to be intrusive.

I'm perfectly normal.

( Blake )

Last winter, of course,

the whole surface froze over.

Very peaceful.

I came here at dusk one evening,

almost without realizing.

Oh, the colors, Tom.

May I call you Tom ?

Yes, of course.

The colors, Tom.

Just-- just arriving

in patterns.

He seemed to not have that

membrane of social stuff

that separates you from people

in a kind of correct way.

He-- he seemed-

His boundaries

were very porous.

So I think I kind of knew that

he was probably some sort of

care-in-the-community person.

But he was very gentle and he

was very, um, poetic.

Of course, sometimes

I just come here

and cry a great deal

remembering everything.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.

Oh, no, no, in a good way.

I've had some lovely cries.

The story goes that some woman

went missing round here,

very beautiful apparently,

married to

a high court judge.

Just round here somewhere.

A wealthy, happy couple.

But of course, one winter,

she went missing

and nobody knew why.

The husband spent a great

deal of money and effort

trying to trace her.

Posters, articles, searches.


And eventually she was

presumed dead.

But he wrote in his memoirs

that, one morning,

almost exactly a year

after she had gone missing,

he was walking by this lake,

frozen over, just as

I've described,

and he saw

a hole in the ice

about 50 yards in,

just there.

That was his wife.

Telling him...

that she

had fallen through.

But-- But how

would you search ?

I mean, you wouldn't want

to, would you ?

You might find her.

Oh, and it might all just be a

load of cobblers, of course.

You know, I've not heard

that story before.

Oh, a stranger in a pub,

I think, passed it on to me,

when I mentioned I liked

fishing here.

Doesn't it put you off ?

I mean, that you might end up

catching some human bones ?

There's no danger of catching

anything here.

That's why I like it.

It's very peaceful.


Yes, extraordinary.

I guess I'd better be

pushing on.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.


Nice talking with you,

I hope I--

I hope we run

into each other again.



Do you want a cup of tea ?

Yes, please.

( Tom )

I think I just took him back

for a cup of tea

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Tom Kingsley

Tom Kingsley (born 18 November 1985) is an English film director. He is best known for co-directing Black Pond, a 2011 feature film starring Chris Langham and Simon Amstell. He first made his name directing music videos and adverts. He was shortlisted for Best New Director at the 2010 Music Video Awards, and his work has been nominated for the 2012 BAFTAs, the 2011 British Independent Film Awards, the Guardian First Film Award, the Evening Standard Film Awards, and the Raindance Film Festival. more…

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