2017 - June 2018 Film Programme
shows are in The Cossham Hall, (except Sept 8th in Armstrong Hall)
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Doors open 7.00pm
The show starts 7.30pm
Movie DataBase (www.imdb.com)
imdb.com 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 201/18 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.
free screening to be shown on September 8th
Armstrong Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.
8th, 2017 Special screening in the Armstrong Hall
Paradiso (PG), 1988, Italy/France
Tornatore , 118 mins. Italian with English sub-titles.
Di Vita who grew up in a Sicilian Village returns home as a famous
director after receiving news about the death of an old friend.
about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, the projectionist
at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Toto
fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours
discussing films and the skills that eventually became a stepping
stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film
brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying
trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also
explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray
into the world outside. With music by Ennio Morricone and a brilliant
final scene, this film is near the top of many film enthusiasts
favourites, some 30 years after it was first released.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095765/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Olive Tree (12), 2016, Spain,
Iciar Bollian, 100 mins.
Alma is a fiesty
young girl a special relationship with her grandfather Ramón,
an old country man who stopped talking about 12 years ago after
his son, Alma's father, sold a 2000-years-old olive tree in order
to open a restaurant. Dominated by the sadness and the melancholia
by the loss of his most beloved tree, Ramon spends his days visiting
the site of the missing tree, hoping for the day that it returns.
Unable to bear the situation any longer, Alma takes up the challenge
of locating the tree and discovers that it was acquired by a Germany's
energy company located in Dusseldorf. Without money or resources,
Alma convinces her uncle Alcachofa and her friend Rafa (who has
a love interest) to go in a truck from Spain to Germany to recover
the tree, starting a journey with unexpected consequences for everyone.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3655972/
to me Marlon
October 20th, 2017
me Marlon (15), 2015, UK.
: Stevan Riley, 103 mins
made entirely out of archive footage and Marlon Brando's own words
from recordings, confessionals, and self hypnosis. With exclusive
access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive
recorded over the course of his life. Charting his exceptional career
as an actor this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary
and features his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen
with Brando himself as your guide. The film fully explores the complexities
of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon's perspective,
entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just
Brando on Brando.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4145178/?ref_=nv_sr_1
(12), 2014, France/ Mauritania,
Abderrahmane Sissako, 97mins. English
Near the ancient
Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed
aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou
Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi
Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people
suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists
determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes,
even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but
resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue
tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared
the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.
A stunning film
from a master of World Cinema.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3409392/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Crow's Egg (PG), 2014, India
M Manikandan, 91 mins, English
life and times of two kids Periya Kakka Muttai (Vignesh) and his
younger brother Chinna Kaaka Muttai (Ramesh) growing up in a slum
making a living stealing coal from the railway yard. Their father
is in the jail while mother (Ishwarya Rajesh) brings them up. The
urchins have their own dreams like any other kids and foremost is
their dream of enjoying Pizza from the newly opened Pizza shop but
the symbol of the best on offer in western food is well beyond their
means.Their curiosity about pizza is because, the new shop is opened
by Tamil film star Silambarasan. They decide that by hook or by
crook, they will gain entry into the upmarket Pizza shop and have
a slice of it with their own money. They set about the problem in
ways that have far-reaching and unexpected consequences.Will they
succeed in their quest?
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3973410/mediaviewer/rm1433208832
Kingdom, 12A, 2016, USA/ UK/ Czech Republic
Amma Asante. 111 mins. English
In the late
1940s, Prince Seretse Khama is studying law in Britain in preparation
for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince
falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they
plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would
disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and
domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing
a population wary of a white Briton as their Queen. The international
opposition is even more unyielding from the British who hold Bechuanaland
as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash
to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds,
King Khama and Ruth struggle to maintain their love and help their
people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana.
The events portrayed in the film actually took place but until now
haven't been much discussed in the UK. Even today, inter-racial
love stories can be unpopular and sadly racism remains a major issue
that has yet to be eradicated. It is testament to both Seretse and
to Ruth that their actions were finally instrumental in bringing
democracy to Botswana with Seretse becoming the first democratically
elected president of his country.
full synopsis and reviews click
Eagle Huntress (U), 2016, UK /Mongolia /USA
Otto Bell, 87 mins. English
documentary following Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian
girl who is seeking to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve
generations of her Kazakh family. She enters a local eagle hunting
festival, before venturing out into the mountains to become a fully-fledged
eagle huntress which entails training a three-month-old eaglet (after
taking it from its nest that is), with the eventual outcome of being
able to successfully hunt with it, before letting it go after seven
years to complete the "circle of life".
breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage,
the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal
themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age
and the international development.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3882074/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Blake (15), 2016, UK /France /Belgium.
Ken Loach, 100 mins.
2nd Cannes Palme d'Or winner. After having a heart-attack, Daniel
Blake a 59-year-old carpenter must fight bureaucracy in order to
receive Employment and Support Allowance. He has been ordered by
his doctors to stay out of any vigorous action and to rest, however,
after a negative employment support assessment, he is deemed ineligible
for compensation, not scoring enough points to obtain benefits.
Without any income or a pension, desperate and frustrated from the
endless, dead-end conversations over the phone with the impersonal
government health-care agents, Daniel visits the welfare office
to make an appeal, only to face the draconian social workers and
to be consumed by the faceless system and its bureaucratic jargon.
Against all odds, with perseverance and courage, Daniel stands up
for himself and for those in need, withstanding nobly the humiliation
while reminding that, above all, we are human by default.
Through this time, he is enmeshed within the lives of two sets of
people. The first is his young neighbours trying to start a new
business in today's global economy. The second is Katie Morgan,
a single mother to 2 adolescents. The Morgans have just moved to
Newcastle from London solely as that is where there was social housing
available. Katie too has fallen into the bureaucratic runaround
at social services. Regardless, Katie is determined to make a home
for her two children despite her financial problems. Regardless
of his own health and financial issues, Daniel is equally determined
that Katie will not end up in the same situation as him and doing
whatever he can to help her.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5168192/?ref_=nv_sr_1
(PG), 2016, USA
Theodore Melfi, 127 mins.
In the early
year's of the space race, NASA found untapped talent in a group
of African-American female mathematicians who served as the brains
behind one of the greatest engineering feats in history. Based on
the true life stories of three of these women, known as "human
computers", they quickly rose through the ranks of NASA alongside
many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating
the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing
his safe return. The film shows the struggle against racial discrimination
at that time as Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson
crossed all gender, race, and professional lines, while their brilliance
and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before
by the human race firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American
For full synopsis
and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/?ref_=nv_sr_1
of Lies (12), 2014, Germany.
M Guilio Ricciarelli, 124 mins. English
Based on the
true story of a young Public Prosecutor from Frankfurt named Johann
Radmann (Alexander Fehling). He encounters a survivor of Auschwitz
and a journalist who want to bring to tria lthe perpetrators of
the atrocities that took place there . The problem is that Germany
seems to not want to rake over the coals of the past and there are
former Nazi's everywhere who just don't care.
He and his friends
go through many difficulties in order try to build a case and wake
the German people from their wilful apathy towards the war. His
personal life and that of those around him and are also swept up
in the investigation.
The film does
not sugar coat what took place but is also not horrific in terms
of the graphic abuse that sadly occurred, especially at the hands
of Mengele and co. It is very moving in places and features some
truly excellent performances.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3825638/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Ernest (PG), 2016, UK.
Roger Mainwood, 94 mins.
This is a hand
drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by
Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the
life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through
They marry in
1928 and Raymond is born in 1934. When World War II breaks out Ethel
tearfully allows him to be evacuated to aunts in Dorset whilst Ernest
joins the fire service, shocked by the carnage he sees.
end they celebrate Raymond's return and entry to grammar school
and the birth of the welfare state, though Ethel is mistrustful
of socialism and progress in general. Raymond himself progresses
from National Service to art college and a teaching post, worrying
his mother by marrying schizophrenic Jean. However father and son
console each other as Ethel slips away but before long Raymond is
mourning his father too - though both Ethel and Ernest will forever
be remembered by Raymond's touching account of their lives.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1725969/?ref_=nv_sr_1
(PG), 2015, Japan.
Naomi Kawase, 113 mins. English
A dorayaki is
a sort of double mini-pancake, filled with bean paste.
The film takes
place in the twelve month period between the cherry blossom seasons.
Sentaro, a quiet man in his thirties, sells dorayaki in a fast food
stand. One day, Tokue a woman in her seventies brings him a plastic
box filled with home-made bean paste, because she doesn't like the
industrial vesion Sentaro uses for his dorayaki. At her request,
Sentaro hesitantly hires her as an expert bean paste-maker, and
from then on, business booms until rumours start circulating about
the dark secret in Tokue's past.
The film is
not only about fast food, it about illness, death, discrimination,
youth and capitalism. But above all, it's about enjoying life and
looking at the bright side of things. There are parallels with the
wonderful Indian film 'Lunch Box', but it is less energetic and
much more philosophical.
full synopsis and reviews click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4298958/?ref_=nv_sr_1
free 12th Film for our 12th season.
to your local not-for-profit community cinema!
about restoring the excitement and engaging experience of a "Trip
to the Pictures" on your doorstep our international programme has
plenty to offer to inspire and entertain you. Combined with Surround Sound,
a big screen and high defination projection, it's an experience not to
film of the season, the Oscar winning "Cinema Paradiso"
directed by Guiseppe Tornatore, a firm favourite of ours will
be screened in the Armstrong Hall and entry will be free to all comers,
with a score by Ennio Morricone it is both an audio, visual and emotional
also be screening selected drama, opera and ballet filmed on the London
stage in our Event Cinema series, these events are not included in the
regular season's membership, keep an eye on the Thornbury magazine and
local websites for date and pricing details.
Thornbury Picture House.