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  • Actors: Chris Langham, Simon Amstell, Amanda Hadingue, Colin Hurley, Will Sharpe
  • Directors: Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Black Pond Films
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00765DMLG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,979 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An ordinary family are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table.

Two-time BAFTA winner Chris Langham (Help, The Thick of It) stars as bumbling father Tom Thompson and inimitable British comedian Simon Amstell (Never Mind the Buzzcocks) makes his film debut as a sinister psychotherapist.

Combining the quietly surreal with the beautifully mundane, this award-winning comedy tells the hilarious and heart breaking story of how The Thompsons became known as the 'Family of Killers'.

Black Pond is nominated for Outstanding Debut at BAFTA.

Special Features:

  • 30 minute bonus film 'Cockroach' by Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley
  • Deleted scenes
  • Review

    "A deeply haunting, eccentric marvel" - 4 Stars --The Guardian

    "One wishes there were more abnormal British Films such as this" - 4 Stars --Evening Standard

    "Chris Langham plays a blinder as the family patriarch" - 4 Stars --The Times

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This 2011 film directed by Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe (with a screenplay also by Sharpe) is a quirky, not entirely successful, but ultimately promising (and even powerful) debut feature. Indeed, although Black Pond will likely be categorised as a black comedy, and it has (for me at least) some very funny moments, as the film progressed I found myself being caught up at least as much in the film's more serious side and its moments of poetic beauty (no less). The film is also notable for featuring the return to acting of Chris Langham, following his (tragic) personal story, and it is good to see him back as he (once again) turns in a brilliant performance, convincingly mixing elements of both comedy and tragedy.

At the centre of Black Pond is the dysfunctional family of Langham's Tom Thompson and wife Sophie (Amanda Hadingue), whose relationship is on the rocks, and their (absent) daughters Anna O'Grady's Katie and Helen Cripps' Tess. Into their lives one day comes Blake (played with eccentric intensity by Colin Hurley) who, happening upon Tom walking his (three-legged) dog, Boy, is invited by Tom in for a cup of tea. Thereafter, the increasingly troubled Blake acts as a catalyst for his 'adopted' family, reigniting Tom and Sophie's fractious relationship, and, via his presence at the mysterious demise of Boy, causing the family to be 'reunited' for the pet's funeral (in the garden). As you can see, Kingsley and Sharpe's film is not exactly full of narrative fireworks, but instead is an intimate, and darkly comic, study of family and one that is (for me) increasingly engaging and ultimately rather moving and profound (and told in 'flashback interviews' by the family members).
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Whilst many movies were awarded this title, somewhat arbitrarily you could argue, I genuinely endorse Black Pond as the greatest cinematic release of 2011. The film centres around Tom Thompson (Chris Langham) and his family who are being hounded by the press, following accusations of murder. The presentation format combines interviews with the family, 'flashbacks' to events in the story and set pieces showing how the characters try to cope with the media exposure, such as the scenes with Simon Amstell as the psychotherapist.

Black Pond is both hilariously funny and astoundingly tragic and, unlike many of the other 'greats' of 2011, it delivers this through a combination of a cleverly written script and fantastically nuanced acting.

For me, the highlight of the film comes in the form of an incredibly moving speach given by Blake (Colin Hurley) towards the climax.

Dear God, for the love of cinema - watch this film!
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This is a beautiful, thought-provoking film. A story laden with sadness, great characters, surreal vignettes and yet some very funny moments.

If Wes Anderson was British you'd easily believe he'd made this film.

Simon Amstell makes an incidental appearance, behaving much in the way you would expect Simon Amstell to behave, but has some great lines that work well for his character. Without disrespect for Mr Amstell and his comedy talent, the film does not need to linger on him, its a strong film in its own right.

The central character is undoubtedly Chris Langham, a middle-aged father trying to ignore the mundane anxieties of his apparently successful, but plainly uneventful life. His two daughters have grown older, share the same not-quite-boyfriend, and the family home is an empty nest.

While out for a walk with his three-legged dog named Boy, he meets Blake (who in some respects, brings to mind Mark Heap's character in "Friday Night Dinner"). Although wary at first, he's grateful for this new-found friendship, and for the revitalising effect it seems to have on his failing relationship with his wife.

It soon becomes apparent that Blake's appearance is going to have a greater impact on the family that they first imagine.

If you're a fan of films such as Submarine, Withnail and I, The Royal Tenenbaums, Tyrannosaur, and wonderful obscure films in general, then I'm sure you'll love this film.

My daughter pointed out similarities with Ben Wheatley's "A Field in England" and I saw shades of Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" in there, too.
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BLACK POND REMINDS ME IN PARTS OF ^BLUE JAM^ BY CHRIS MORRIS ~ THE DREAM LIKE SCENES WITH THE MYSTERY WOMAN IN THE WOODS & THE SCENES WITH THE THOMPSON^S FAMILY GUEST
THE SCENES WITH THE PSYCHIATRIST SMACK OF ^I REGRESS^ FROM RADIO 4 WITH MATT BERRY .
THE FILM SHOWS THE UNEASE & TENSION BETWEEN THE 2 SISTERS & TIM & ALSO BETWEEN HUSBAND & WIFE .
THE BURIAL OF ^ONE^ THE DOG IS UNCOMFORTABLY FUNNY WITH SPARKLING DIALOGUE .
THE GUEST SUDDENLY DIES & THEY DECIDE TO BURY HIM @ THEIR HOME .
@ THE LAST MINUTE MR.THOMPSON DECIDES THE GUEST^S BODY SHOULD BE MOVED FROM THE FAMILY^S LAND TO A PLACE IN THE WOODS WHICH BRINGS ABOUT BEMUSEMENT & ARGUMENT .
THIS IS AN IMAGINATIVE & DARING FILM WITH TOP DRAWER PERFORMANCES FROM AMANDA HARDINGUE , CHRIS
LANGHAM & COLIN HURLEY
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