2011 / UK / 83min / Dir: Will Sharpe & Tom Kingsley
Cast: Chris Langham, Simon Amstell, Amanda Hadingue & Colin Hurley
On Thursday 26th January there will be a special screening of Black Pond followed by a Q&A with lead actor Chris Langham and directors Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe.
Eccentric new British comedy drama that sees ordinary British family ‘The Thompsons’ accused of murder and branded ‘The Family of Killers’ when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Starring two-time BAFTA winner Chris Langham and double British Comedy Award Winner Simon Amstell.
The Thompson family is accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Six months later, family friend Tim visits freelance therapist Dr Eric Sacks and the story finds its way to the press. The facts are bent and the details spun as the Thompsons become known to the public as ‘The Family of Killers’.
Two-time BAFTA winner Chris Langham (Help, The Thick of It) is hilarious and heartbreaking as the well meaning Tom Thompson, who struggled to placate his neurotic wife Sophie and consistantly fails to be a dignified father to his daughters, Jess and Katie and double British Comedy Award winner Simon Amstell (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Grandma’s House) is on top comic form in his film debut as the sinister and prodigiously frank psychotherapist Dr Eric Sacks.
We welcome lead actor Chris Langham and directors Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe for a special Q&A following the screening on Thursday 26 January.
‘One of the strongest British debuts to bow this year. Unsettling, funny and poignant.’
‘the film achieves a striking, unique tone of acutely observed bourgeois melancholy.’
‘a deeply haunting eccentric marvel. If Syd Barrett had ever written and directed a movie, it might well have looked like this’
‘a wicked, deadpan dissection of middle-class insincerity with Chris Langham playing a blinder as the family patriarch.’
‘Simon Amstell’s first appearance as a self-styled shrink in Black Pond made me practically combust with glee.’