Pond Life


Daisy as: Cassie
Other Cast: Tom Varey, Esme Creed-Miles, Angus Imrie, Ethan Wilkie
Director: Bill Buckhurst
Written by: Richard Cameron
Production Status:
Release Date: 26 April 2019 (UK)
Genre: Drama
Rated: N/A
Runtime: 1h 40m

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Plot Outline: Summertime, 1994. In a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, a rumour stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. Trevor takes watch one night at the water’s edge. The following night, he decides to lead a brigade of young friends and neighbours on a fishing expedition. In a world of broken families, cassette tapes and rumbling political fever, these friends, each with their own struggles to bear, share a moment of harmony as they witness the carp for themselves that they will never forget.

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Trivia & Facts
  • • Filmed in and around the ex-mining villages of Edlington and Maltby in South Yorkshire.
  • • Pond Life was Daisy’s first film project!
  • • Based on the 1992 play “Pond Life” by Richard Cameron. The play was set in Stainforth, north of Doncaster, and had a cast of four males and three females.
  • • Daisy and her co-star Tom Varey (who played Trevor in the film) dated for around two years after filming, but split in 2021 due to busy schedules and careers.
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Character Quotes
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    A compilation of clips of Daisy as Cassie in the 2018 film "Pond Life"
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    It’s summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village in Yorkshire. Trevor (Tom Varey) is treading on everyone’s toes at home as misfit Pogo (Esme Creed-Miles) is trying to make sense of the world. Lovesick Malcolm (Angus Imrie) is trying to mend his broken heart and best friends Shane (Gianluca Gallucci) and David (Ethan Wilkie) 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.
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Critical Reception

“Theatre director Bill Buckhurst makes his film debut with this semi-gritty portrait of teenagers on a dead-end estate in mid-90s Yorkshire. It’s a drama in the socially conscious tradition of Ken Loach, with echoes of Shane Meadows’s bantering mates and a dollop of Stand By Me nostalgia; it’s sometimes very funny about friendship and growing pains, though often awkward and unconvincing. I found it hard to get beyond the imitation feel – moments here seem lifted from dozens of films you’ve already seen.”
Cath Clarke (The Guardian)

“‘Pond Life’ is one of those rare films that successfully make magic out of the mundane and turn trash into treasure. Similar to ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ or ‘The Florida Project’, it draws our focus to a largely deprived community where the troubles of the older generation are merely a backdrop to the brightness and imagination-fuelled optimism of youth.”
Dan Jolin (Time Out)

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