Thornbury Picture House, Programme 2016/17



September 2016 - June 2017 Film Programme 

Errata, Our apologies for a couple of errors in some headings in the printed 2016/17 TPH brochure.

"Youth" Cert 15 was made in the UK in 2015 and is directed by Paolo Sorrentino, 124 mins.

"Taxi Tehran" Cert 12 was made in Iran in 2015 and is directed by Jafar Panahi, 82 mins.


TPH shows are in The Cossham Hall,
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Doors open 7.00pm
The show 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 2016/17 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. However, please be aware the site may contain "spoilers" which may affect your enjoyment of the film.




September 2nd, 2016

Samba (15), 2014, France

Director: Eric Toledano, Oliver Nakache, 118 mins

Samba is a nice young man from Senegal who risks being deported. During this decade in Paris, he worked in all sorts of jobs to take care of his family back home, and hoping to one day legalize his situation. In his particular struggle surviving in France and hiding from the police, he will find 3 people to rely on: his uncle who gives him a roof, a funny Arabic man who like him does not have a visa, and Alice a French girl who is helping immigrants while taking a break from her real job.

The adventures of Samba will make you laugh, and they will make you sad. Either way, they are a clear representation of the reality for thousands of men who are completely forgotten by the world, and who were born to struggle

The soundtrack is from Ludovic Einaudi, who also did the soundtrack for "Les intouchables". And also like in "Les intouchables" the music makes a perfect match with the story and the images.


For full synopsis and reviews click



September 23rd, 2016

Trash (15), 2015, UK, Brazil,

Director: Stephen Daldry, Christian Duurvoort, 114mins

A brilliantly exciting film from start to finish. The three boys, recruited from the streets of Brazil are a triumph, and the way the film handles them, and uses their emotional closeness and their friendship, is a credit to Director Stephen Daldry and his crew. The story jumps from one level of excitement to the next in a series of clever set pieces that, at the same time as they increase the tension to almost unbearable levels, answers the questions raised by the mystery; what exactly is the significance of what the boys find, as they comb through the giant mountains of trash of Rio de Janerio, trying to earn enough to eat from recycling plastic and tin cans?

For full synopsis and reviews click








October 14th, 2016

Rams (15), 2016, Iceland, Denmark

Director : Grimur Hakonarson, 93 mins

Set in a remote village in Iceland, it is the story of two unmarried brothers, Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson,) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson), both heavily bearded sheep farmers who live one hundred yards from each other but have not talked in forty years.They communicate, if necessary, by writing letters which are carried from one house to the other by a sheepdog!

Their relationship takes a different tack when valley life is threatened by disease with each brother reacting to stave off disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits and the two gradually coming together in mutual respect and support.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes. 2015

For full synopsis and reviews click


November 11th, 2016

Nine Queens (15), 2000, Argentina,

Director: Fabian Bielinsky, 114 mins


Marcos and Juan are fellow small time swindlers. Marcos has much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme falls into their laps - an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos' sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom.


For full synopsis and reviews click



Nine Queens

What We Do In The Shadows



December 9th, 2016

What We Do In The Shadows (15), 2013, New Zealand, USA

Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, 86mins

In this vampire-out-of-coffin comedy and mockumentary, a crucifix-wearing documentary crew has been granted full access to shoot the lives of flat sharing New Zealand vampires, a part of a secret society, months before gathering for their annual ball known as "The Unholy Masquerade."

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are the vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane, like paying rent, keeping up with the chores, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

"The comedy is great, the deadpan nature of it is hilarious, the jokes are brilliant".

"There are not many movies that make me actually laugh out loud, but this one did on several occasions"


For full synopsis and reviews click


January 13th, 2017

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

Director Ron Howard

The Touring Years.

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966 during which the band became a worldwide cultural phenomenum topping them all. It also follows how the Fab Four began to change and grow while the excitement of Beatlemania began to sour their lives into an intolerable slog from which they simply had to escape, much to the fans chagrin, who refused to understand the pressure to perform - come what may.

For full synopsis and reviews click



The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years


Sunset Song


February 17th, 2017

Sunset Song (15), 2015, UK,

Director: Terence Davies, 135 mins

Set in the early 20th century, Chris Guthrie, an intelligent farmers daughter in north-eastern Scotland struggles for love amid hardship and family misfortune. After her mother, a poverty-stricken woman broken by repeated childbirths takes her own life, the resilient young Chris must manage the farm in her absence and when her father has a stroke she is left on the land with her closest ally and friend, her brother. Finally she finds love, only to wave her new husband off to the Great War. She remains on the farm, connected to a land about to be changed forever by the onset of technology and war.

Based on Lewis Gibbon's acclaimed novel and filmed in Scotland and New Zealand it is a visual feast


For full synopsis and reviews click


March 17th, 2017

Youth (15), 2015, UK,

Director: Paolo Sorrentino, 124 mins.

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career but a stranger brings an invitation for one last performance.

Won Hollywood Film Award Jane Fonda
Supporting Actress of the Year

European Film Awards
Best European Film
European Director Paolo Sorrentino
European Actor Michael Caine


For full synopsis and reviews click



A War



April 28th, 2017

A War (15), 2015, Denmark

Director: Tobias Lindholm, 115 mins.

A gripping and thought-provoking story that examines battlefronts at home and abroad. NATO Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home.

Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children who miss their father.

There are no heroes and no villains, simply circumstances which force men to make snap decisions when their life is being threatened.


Danish Nomination for Oscar 2016 Best Foreign Language Film.

For full synopsis and reviews click



May 19th, 2017

Taxi Tehran (12), Iran, 2015

Director: Jafar Panahi, 82 mins.

When Jafar Panahi noted filmmaker from Tehran is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran as he drives his cab in the streets of Tehran.

The changing passengers speak out openly what is on their mind. A female teacher and a young man discuss death penalty, a bootlegger offers the new season of "The Walking Dead" and some Woody Allen movies, two old women want to transport their goldfish in a glass bowl, a young woman wants to transport her much older husband who has been injured in an accident, and a cheeky little girl explains the rules of Iranian filmmaking and her entitlement to a frappuccino.

For full synopsis and reviews click


Taxi Tehran

Ex Machina



June 16th, 2017

Ex Machina (15), 2015, UK,

Director: Alex Garland, 108 mins.

Caleb, a junior programmer working at the company that runs the world's most popular search engine wins a company lottery. The prize is a week at the CEO's estate/research facility. When he gets there he discovers that the boss has been working on androids with superior Artificial Intelligence. The programmers job is to test how "human" the android is. What develops is a manipulative game between the android and the programmer.

"The film deals with a familiar theme in a very unique way. It doesn't bombard you with effects or superficial action (although the robot effects are exceptional). Rather, its focus and beauty lie in the subtle and nuanced performances of its tiny cast as the film explores what it means to be human".

Oscar winner 2016 Best Achievement in Visual Effects

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From our Chairman


A warm welcome! Following on from last season's successful "firsts" for TPH - our "Open Air" and "Event Cinema" screenings, both new ways to to experience moving images in Thornbury, we hope to offfer these opportunities again in our new season.

Our usual core programme promises to be an eclectic mix of world cinema to stimulate, challenge,and intrigue you. So if you like watching award-winning films in a warm and friendly atmosphere then join us at the Cossham Hall with our fantastic high definaition Blu-ray projector, surround sound system and big screen, near you!


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

BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund.
Quartet Community Foundation

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