Thornbury Picture House, New Season's Programme 2013/14

How to join TPH

To become a member of Thornbury Picture House, download the pdf membership form or click Downloadable Application Form and send it with your cheque to the address below, or email with a request for a brochure and a membership application form, or call or write to:

TPH Membership Sec.
Hollybush Cottage,
Clay Lane,
South Glos. BS35 3UA
Phone 01454 412272

The full annual membership fee is £30, it entitles members to see all 11 films and attend any special events which TPH may organise. Membership fees are reduced by £3 for each film missed as the season progresses up 31 December 2013 when membership closes until the summer because the minimum membership fee (set at £18) is not achieved. Members must be over 16 years of age.

Cheques to be made payable to "Thornbury Picture House".

We are working on a scheme to accept credit cards in payment and we hope that this option will be availabe by the summer of 2014.


September 2013 - June 2014 Film Programme          

 TPH shows are in The Cossham Hall,
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Doors open 7.00pm
Film starts 7.30pm

Internet Movie DataBase (

The website gives details of the making of the film, the director, the actors, lots of other interesting information and invites comment on each movie listed. Links are provided below to the films to be shown in the TPH 2013/14 season. Just click on each underlined link and scroll down to the heading "Users Comments" to read a reviewer's commentary together with notes from other readers to say whether the review was helpful or not.

A Royal Affair



September 6th, 2013


A Royal Affair (Cert 15), 2012, Denmark (Subtitled)

Director: Nikolaj Arcel, 137 mins


The true story of an ordinary man who wins a queen's heart and starts a revolution. The film deals with the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, Struensee, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism, and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama and a gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people. Subtitles (Drama/History )


For full synopsis and reviews click



September 27th, 2013

The Angel's Share (Cert 15), 2012, UK

Director: Ken Loach, 101 mins

This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie, a young Glasgow criminal sentenced to repaint a community centre with a bunch of fellow lawbreakers. A kindly supervisor, who has a connoisseur's passion for whisky, takes them on an outing to a distillery. Surprisingly, Robbie turns out to have a "nose" - an untrained discerning judgment of whisky. He is intrigued by the fact that some whisky evaporates in the cask, the so-called "angels' share", and the unreconstructed criminal in him wonders how he can get his share. (Comedy/Drama)

For full synopsis and reviews click


The Angel's Share





October 11th, 2013

No (Cert 15), 2012, Chile, (Subtitled)

Director: Pablo Larrain, 118 mins

In 1988 military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power. In order to contest Pinochet's quest for more power, the leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive, René Saavedra, to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot's watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression. (Drama)

For full synopsis and reviews click


November 8th, 2013

The Great Debaters (Cert 15), 2007, USA,

Director: Denzel Washington, 126 mins

This inspirational and uplifting drama is based on the true story of a 1930s African-American debating team, who made headlines by defeating opponents from more prestigious white colleges against a backdrop of extreme racial prejudice and violence. This is one of the better movies in recent years to address issues of racial inequality and the way in which individuals overcome them. (Drama/Biopic)

For full synopsis and reviews click



The Great Debaters



December 6th, 2013

Untouchable (Cert 15), 2011, France, (Subtitled)

Director: Oliver Nakache, Eric Toledano, 112 mins

Culture-clash comedy blends with heart-tugging true-life drama in this French box-office hit. Philippe, a wealthy man left paralysed from the neck down after an accident, is interviewing worthy types for the job of carer. Philippe is struck by Driss, a street-smart criminal who is merely applying in order to receive benefits. Admiring his irreverence, Philippe hires Driss and moves him into his palatial home. Bonding ensues, and it's these two against a world that fails to understand them. (Drama/Comedy)

For full synopsis and reviews click

January 10th, 2014

Where Do We Go Now? (Cert 12), 2011, France/Lebanon/Egypt/Italy (Subtitled)

Director: Nadine Labaki, 110 mins

An ambitiously pacifying fable in which relations between Christian and Muslim men in a remote Lebanese village are strained by news of violence in the outside world. As the men square up for battle, the women conspire to maintain a fragile, and increasingly isolated, peace. Boasting vibrant performances and making splendid storytelling use of music and dance, this bittersweet celebration of motherhood deftly blends wry satire with broad comedy while never losing sight of the tragedy of its subject matter. (Drama/Comedy)


For full synopsis and reviews click



Where Do We Go Now?

Monsieur Lazhar


February 7th, 2014

Monsieur Lazhar (Cert 12), 2011, Canada (Subtitled)

Director: Philippe Falardeau, 94 mins

An Oscar nominated drama/comedy set in Montreal, where an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers his services as a substitute teacher. Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself in an establishment in crisis. Bachir gradually tries to rebuild this group of shaken but endearing pupils, among whom are Alice and Simon, two charismatic pupils particularly affected by their teacher's death. However, while the class goes through their healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's own personal problems. (Drama/Comedy)

For full synopsis and reviews click


February 28th, 2014

The Hunt (Cert 15), 2012, Denmark (Subtitled)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg, 115 mins

A gentle kindergarten teacher is in danger of having his life ruined for a crime that he didn't commit, as a result of a child's innocent lie. His life slowly unravels as, despite the lack of evidence, rumours spread throughout the small Danish community. The film is a thoughtful and worryingly plausible examination of a community's increasing hysteria that reflects on modern social issues; the fear of predators, and baseless witch hunts. It also questions the audiences own prejudices and asks how would you act in a similar situation. Award winning performances and Danish drama at its very best. (Drama)

For full synopsis and reviews click


The Hunt

Chasing Ice



March 21st, 2014

Chasing Ice (Cert E), 2012, USA,

Director: Jeff Orlowski, 75 mins

James Balog, National Geographic photographer, presents evidence of our changing planet by deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. The hauntingly beautiful videos capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Travelling across three continents, Balog risks his career and well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, 'Chasing Ice' depicts a photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet . (Documentary)

For full synopsis and reviews click


April 25th, 2014

Even The Rain (Cert 15), 2010, Spain/Mexico, (Subtitles)

Director: Iciar Bollain, 103 mins

A Spanish film crew is in Bolivia to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. The location is chosen because the budget of the film is tight and it is possible to hire local actors and extras on the cheap. The production progresses smoothly until conflict erupts over the privatisation of the water supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors, who is crucial to the completion of the film, is a leading activist in the protest movement. (Drama)

For full synopsis and reviews click


Even The Rain

The Spirit of the Beehive



June 13, 2014 Members' choice

The Spirit of the Beehive (Cert PG) 1973 Spain Drama/Fantasy (Subtitles)

Director Victor Erice, 97 mins

Set in 1940, just after the Spanish Civil war, "The Spirit of the Beehive is an insight into the mind of a child, where fantasy mixes with reality, and stories with dreams. It is a beautiful metaphor for the magic of the movies and co-writer/director Víctor Erice illustrates the connection further by having the impact of the film "Frankenstein" with Boris Karloff on a young girl as the pivotal plot point.

Ana Torrent is a wide-eyed innocent who carries the film, as we completely enter into how she integrates her daily life, with scary stories her older sister teases her with and with the film. Her beautiful eyes are expressive and haunting.

Erice has a completely original take on the Frankenstein story, "Ana" powerfully relates to the little girl in the film, even though she does not understand any of the darker emotions or outcomes. The film inspires her to seek out misfits and outcasts, with unintended consequences and impacts on the adult world.




From our Chairman

There are four great reasons to be a member of TPH for the coming season.

1) Yet again prices have been frozen and remain at just £30 for a season of 11 films.

2) You may hire for free any film that you may have missed during the season and play it at home at your convenience.

3) Another feast of world cinema, with absorbing films from Denmark, UK, Chile, USA, France, France/Lebanon/Egypt/Italy, Canada and Spain/Mexico.

4) The season is packed with films which may stimulate, intrigue, make you weep, laugh or make you angry, but we hope you will never be bored.

Patrons who are not TPH members are very welcome under our screening licence, so if you think a friend may be interested in just one or two films then please encourage them along, they can buy a ticket on the night, if there are seats available, for just £5.00 at the desk.

We look forward to your company and an enjoyable season, at a screen near you!

Barbara Ray

Chair, Thornbury Picture House.

Grants and Supporters

We are very grateful for the help we have received from Brian Haley - Thornbury Town Council in supporting TPH.

And the following for grants, over the years, for capital equipment:

Awards for All

Magnox North
Quartet Community Foundation

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