Tom Kingsley
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Tom Kingsley

Tom Kingsley
Born (1985-11-18) 18 November 1985 (age 34)
London, England
Years active2009-present

Tom Kingsley (born 18 November 1985) is an English film director. He is best known for co-directing Black Pond, a 2011 feature film starring Chris Langham and Simon Amstell.[1] He first made his name directing music videos and adverts.[2] He was shortlisted for Best New Director at the 2010 Music Video Awards, and his work has been nominated for the 2012 BAFTAs,[3] the 2011 British Independent Film Awards,[4] the Guardian First Film Award,[5] the Evening Standard Film Awards,[6] and the Raindance Film Festival.[7]


In 2008, he joined Blink, the Soho-based production company, after sending them a DVD containing several of his short films.[8] Following a short apprenticeship, he began directing music videos and commercials. Kingsley's work was well received in the industry press[9][10][11][12][13][14] and led to his being shortlisted for the Best New Director prize at the 2010 Music Video Awards.

In summer 2009, Kingsley travelled with his long-time collaborator, Will Sharpe, to Japan to direct "Cockroach", a 30-minute short.[15] Buoyed by the experience, in early 2010 the pair began work on a feature-length film: Black Pond, which was shot in August of that year, on a tiny £25,000 budget.[16] Released in November 2011, Black Pond received overwhelmingly positive reviews,[17][18][19][20] though it initially attracted controversy because of the casting of Chris Langham. The film sold out every night of its limited London run, and was shortlisted for a BAFTA, two Evening Standard film awards, a British Independent Film Award, and at the Raindance Film Festival. It received a four-star rating from The Times, The Guardian, the Evening Standard, The List, and Little White Lies.[17][18][19][20]The Independent called it "a funny and very well-observed low budget British movie".[21] It was listed as a film of the year in the New Statesman and the Financial Times.[22][23]

The film led to Kingsley and Sharpe being nominated for Outstanding Debut at the Baftas, and Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard Film Awards.[24]

Personal life

Kingsley was born in London, UK. He made his first feature-length film when he was 12 - a 70-minute James Bond spoof called Black Eye. He read English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the comedy group Footlights, directing the Footlights Revue "Wham Bam" at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe.[25]


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TV series


  1. ^ Black Pond on IMDB
  2. ^ Summary of Kingsley's career on
  3. ^ "BAFTA nominations 2012".
  4. ^ "BIFA nominations 2011". BIFA. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Pulver, Andrew (10 January 2012). "Guardian First Film Award 2012". The Guardian. London.
  6. ^ "Evening Standard Film Awards nominations 2012". Archived from the original on 19 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Raindance Film Festival nominations 2011".
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Mujeres' Reyerta by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Young Director Award". Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Don Fardon's I'm Alive by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Darwin Deez's Up In The Clouds by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Gullemots' The Basket by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ Cragg, Michael (9 March 2011). "New music exclusive: Guillemots - The Basket | Music |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011.
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  16. ^ RaindanceTV. "Black Pond - Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ a b Peter Bradshaw (10 November 2011). "Guardian review of Black Pond - review | Film". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011.
  18. ^ a b "Times review of Black Pond". Retrieved 2011.
  19. ^ a b Little White Lies magazine. "Black Pond review | film". Retrieved 2011.
  20. ^ a b "Evening Standard review of Black Pond". Retrieved 2011.
  21. ^ MacNab, Geoffrey (3 October 2011). "The Independent: Film Reviews". First Night: Black Pond, Raindance Festival, London. The Independent. Retrieved 2011.
  22. ^ "New Statesman Films of the Year 2011".
  23. ^ "Financial Times films of the year 2011".
  24. ^ "Evening Standard Film Awards". Archived from the original on 19 January 2012.
  25. ^ "2000". Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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