Show type: Film
An ordinary British family are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table.
Out walking his dog, Tom Thompson meets a disheveled man called Blake and invites him over for tea. Blake dies in the company of the dysfunctional Thompson family, who decide, with Tim - a friend of the Thompson daughters - to honour Blake’s final request by burying him in the woods by Black Pond.
Six months later,Tim visits off-the-wall freelance therapist Dr Eric Sacks and the story of Blake and the Thompsons 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’.
Black Pond is an account of the events leading up to Blake’s death, intercut with scenes from the fateful therapy session between Tim and Sacks and talking head interviews in which the Thompsons try to justify their actions and clear the family name.
Adam Brace - 04/10/2011
Steve, you're an excellent reviewer. But this is not a review of a film, it's a comment piece about a man who you've decided is a paedophile doing his first job, with some words after about the film. We all know the context, need you dwell on it or speculate as to whether the wider public will *forgive* him for God's sake? This is not Triumph of the Will, the ethics of the film are not in question. He is a man who went to prison for pressing the download button a few times to access some disgusting images. Did any one raise eyebrows when Frankie Fraser made cameos in ganster films, a frequent murderer, of course not. Because we are deeply afraid of our own capricious sexuality and one way to get a handle on it is to go REALLY HATE PAEDOS. Even if they're proven not to be paedos, even if they're people abused themselves, even if they only pressed a button a few times and directly hurt no onw. Rise above it, you're better than this.