Carp fishing to hit the big screen

BRITISH film about a group of youngsters going carp fishing will be released in cinemas later this month. 

‘Pond Life’ is set in a former mining village outside Doncaster in 1994, and follows the lives of five young people as they head to the local pond for a night fishing trip in search of Nessie – a giant carp that has pulled an angler’s rod into the water.

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The gang is led by experienced fisherman Trevor (played by Game of Thrones’ Tom Varey), who gathers enough kit for the youngsters to fish alongside him.  

The film stars a clutch of young British actors alongside a host of recognisible faces including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street), Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch, Gunpowder) and Siobhan Finneran (Benidorm).

The original music is provided by Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley. 

Writer Richard Cameron said of the film: “The idea for Pond Life came from the summer, when I ran an activities summer school for special-needs teenagers. It was exhausting.

“To relax, I’d go fishing – sometimes back to the pond near where I grew up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, next to a former pit village. I started to think about a young girl with special needs being looked after by a young man on the dole, taking her fishing.

“Often stories get told of monster carp in these ponds – always the one that got away – so I decided I needed the legend of a monster carp and an all-night fishing expedition, with a gang of youngsters.

“The kids in Pond Life make their own magic, in a place where life is tough, where the life and soul of the community has gone.”

Originally written and toured as a play, Pond Life has been brought to the big screen by Open Palm Films. It was filmed in and around Edlington, Doncaster, and the fishing scenes were shot at Phoenix and Parkgate Angling Club’s Ravenfield Ponds. 

The Rod and Reel Angling shop in Bawtry also features in the film, while carp coach Ian Gemson was an angling consultant, alongside Kurt Thorpe. Having debuted at last year’s Leeds International Film Festival, Pond Life is released in UK cinemas on April 26.