Tom Kingsley

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Tom Kingsley
Born (1985-11-18) 18 November 1985 (age 31)
London, England
Occupation Director, screenwriter
Years active 2009–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 - most notably for Fatboy Slim,[9] Darwin Deez, Guillemots, and phone recycling company Envirophone. Kingsley's work was well received in the industry press[10][11][12][13][14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Released in November 2011, Black Pond received overwhelmingly positive reviews,[18][19][20][21] 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.[18][19][20][21] The Independent called it "a funny and very well-observed low budget British movie".[22] It was listed as a film of the year in the New Statesman and the Financial Times.[23][24]

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.[25]

Kingsley and Sharpe are now working on a film adaptation of an eighteenth-century French novel.

Personal life[edit]

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 prominent member of the comedy group Footlights, directing the Footlights Revue "Wham Bam" at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe.[26] It was through Footlights that Kingsley met Sharpe - then also called Tom - and Sharpe's friend Tom Williams. The three quickly formed a writing partnership, directing several Footlights shows together, and were known collectively as "the three Toms". Among other projects, the trio wrote a play called Our Darker Purpose, on which Black Pond was based. After leaving Cambridge, Kingsley was briefly the design editor of the literary London free-sheet, Notes from the Underground.[27] He currently lives in north London. He is the nephew of Grammy-winning producer, John Shanks.


Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • "Cockroach" (2009)
  • "Rip" (2008)

Music videos[edit]



  1. ^ Black Pond on IMDB
  2. ^ Summary of Kingsley's career on
  3. ^ "BAFTA nominations 2012". 
  4. ^ "BIFA nominations 2011". BIFA. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Pulver, Andrew (10 January 2012). "Guardian First Film Award 2012". The Guardian. London. 
  6. ^ "Evening Standard Film Awards nominations 2012". 
  7. ^ "Raindance Film Festival nominations 2011". 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Slim, Fatboy. ""Get Naked" - Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr (feat. Beardyman)". "Get Naked" - Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr (feat. Beardyman). Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Mujeres' Reyerta by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  11. ^ "Young Director Award". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Don Fardon's I'm Alive by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  13. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Darwin Deez's Up In The Clouds by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  14. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Gullemots' The Basket by Tom Kingsley " Promo News". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  15. ^ Cragg, Michael (2011-03-09). "New music exclusive: Guillemots – The Basket | Music |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ RaindanceTV. "Black Pond - Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  18. ^ a b Peter Bradshaw (10 November 2011). "Guardian review of Black Pond – review | Film". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  19. ^ a b "Times review of Black Pond". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  20. ^ a b Little White Lies magazine. "Black Pond review | film". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  21. ^ a b "Evening Standard review of Black Pond". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  22. ^ MacNab, Geoffrey (3 October 2011). "The Independent: Film Reviews". First Night: Black Pond, Raindance Festival, London. The Independent. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  23. ^ "New Statesman Films of the Year 2011". 
  24. ^ "Financial Times films of the year 2011". 
  25. ^ "Evening Standard Film Awards". 
  26. ^ "2000". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  27. ^ "Profile of Kingsley on NFTU website". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 

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