Thornbury Picture House, Programme 2018/19



September 2018 - June 2019 Film Programme 



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 2018/19 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.




A free screening to be shown on September 7th
in The Cossham Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.



September 7th, 2018    Special screening in the Cossham Hall

Lion (PG), 2016, UK, Australia, USA

Director: Gareth Davis , 118 mins.  English Language.

All welcome, Free entry to our opening film of the 2018/19 season

Saroo, a five year old Indian child is trapped accidently in a intercontinental train and finds himself alone and unwanted in Calcutta. He is unable to say who he is or where he is from and lives as a street child until he is sent to a orphanage. He is adopted by a New Zealand couple and lives a comfortable life there, but as an adult he develops a burning need to know about his birth family. His quest has an unsettling effect on both his natural and adoptive families. An amazing true story.


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September 28th, 2018

Chocolat (12), 2016, France,

Director: Roschdy Zem, 120mins. Sub-titles

Omar Sy stars in the true story of Rafael Padilla a former slave in Cuba who became a star clown in Paris at the turn of the 20th century in partnership with the English clown George Footit. Despite conflicts between the two artists Footit as the authoritarian white clown and Chocolat as the black drudge they entertained the crowds for two decades. But nothing lasts forever and the skill and the humanity of of Padillla started to decline until his premature death in 1917.


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October 19th, 2018

  Victoria (15), 2016, Germany.

Director : Sabastian Schipper, 138 mins. Sub titles

This is an amazing film shot  over more than 2 hours in a single take. It is an emotional film thanks to exceptional acting and realistic dialogue. Lia Costa stars as Victoria a young Spanish Woman who has recently settled in Berlin going on a date with a local man which turns potentially deadly as their night out reveals a dangerous secret.


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November 16th, 2018

Letters from Baghdad (PG), 2016 UK/USA/France,

Directors: Sabine Krayenbuhl, Zena Oelbaum,  95 mins. English Language

This documentary follows Gertrude Lowthian Bell also known as the female Lawrence of Arabia as she travels into the uncharted Arabian deserts aiming to shape the modern Middle East after the conquests of the first World War. Much of the archival footage of the region was filmed over a century ago and is overlaid with the voice of Tilda Swinton who is also the executive producer. Bell was a adventurer, diplomat, archaelogist and political powerhouse, who would go boldly into desert meetings of all male Arabian Sheiks and Princes.

A truly remarkable woman.


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Letters from Baghdad

Lost in Paris



December 7th 2018

Lost in Paris (12A), 2016 France/Belgium

Directors: Dominique Abel/ Fiona Gordon, 83 mins, English Sub-titles

Fiona receives a call asking her to travel to Paris from Canada to look after her ailing elderly aunt. The first problem Fiona encounters is that her aunt has disappeared, and the second is that she falls over a railing into the Seine and looses her money, passport and personal effects. Alone in Paris Fiona is desperate, and for good or not, she meets up with Dom, a homeless man who lives on the river bank in a ragged tent.

An unusual slapstick comedy with plenty of laughs co-authored and co-directed by its stars Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel

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January 11th 2019

Back to Burgundy, 15, 2017, France

Director Cedric Klapisch. 113 mins. English Sub-titles

 3 siblings reunite to save the family vineyard. Jean, the black sheep of the family returns home after a decade abroad. He find his sister Juliette is now independant and strong-willed after she took over running the vineyard when her father first fell Ill. The yougest son has married well into one of the region's foremost wine families. The trio have to manage the estate and fund the looming inheritance tax while managing changing tastes and working practices. Over 2 seasons Jean, Juliette, and Jeremie have to learn to reinvent their relationship and trust as they work to preserve the land that holds them.

A beautiful film set in rolling countryside which the camera just loves.


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Back to Burgundy


A Man called Ove

A man called Ove


February 1st, 2019

A Man Called Ove, (15), 2015 Sweden

Director: Hannes Holm, 116 mins. English Sub-titles

Ove is the estate's grumpy old man who has been fired from the position of President of the Residents' Tenant's Association. He still believes he has a role in maintaining standards and looks over the estate with an iron fist. He is peeved when a pregnant immigrant woman moves into a flat opposite his and even more upset when she backs into his mailbox. However an unexpected friendship develops as he realises the stress he is putting himself through.


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February 22nd, 2019

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (15), 2017, UK / USA

Director: Martin McDonagh, 115 mins. English Language

Months have passed since the murder of Mildred Hayes daughter, yet no suspects have been arrested. She paints a controversial message on 3 advertising hoardings leading to the town to galvanise the town chief of police William Willoughly. The second in command, Officer Dixon, is a violent immature character, when he gets involved the battle beteween Mildred and The Law is set on a downward path.


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Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri





Frantz (PG13), 2016, Germany/France

Director: Francois Ozon 113 mins. Subtitled

This is an adaptation of the 1932  anti war film "Broken Lullaby" set in Germany and France in the aftermath of World War 1. A mood of bitterness, despair and exhaustion prevails. The main character seen in flashback is a handsome German in his 20's who died in the trenches. His parents and his girlfriend Anna grieve for him as does a mysterious Frenchman, his friend Adrien. Before the war they shared interests, visits to the Louvre, music, poetry and pacifism. Unfortunately Anna and Adrien discover the truth about his motives and their memories of Frantz are  shattered. Anna has her own struggles with the truth and her feelings and sets out on her own journey to find Adrien. They realise there are no easy answers to their personal conflicts.

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April 12th, 2019

  The Shape of Water (15), 2017, USA

Director: Guillermo del Toro, 124 mins. English Language

Oscar winner of best film 2018, best leading actress for Sally Hawkins and best supporting actor for Richard Jenkins and best director award for Guillermo del Toro at the Golden Globes and BAFTA.

The unlikely story follows a lonely cleaner at a secret Government research Laboratory in the USA at the height of the Cold War in the early 60's. Elisa (who is mute) and Zelda the establishment cleaners discover a secret tank holding a captive creature which might be put to use against an enemy or shot into space. Elisa is drawn to the creature and they manage to communicate and form a bond with each other. The lead officer is cruel and cold and it becomes apparent quite who the monster is, the cruel inhuman treatment leads Elisa to develop her own solution

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The Shape of Water

The Death of Stalin



May 17th 2019

The Death of Stalin (15), 2017, France/ UK / Belgium.

Director: Armando Iannucci, 107 mins. English Language

It's 1953, Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin the ruthless second most powerful man on the planet unexpectedly drops dead of a brain haemorrhage, his guards are frightened to enter without permission so he lies in bed untreated. When his body is discovered a frenetic surge of raw panic spreads through the leading members of the council of ministers. They scramble to maintain order, denigrate the competition and take first place in the leadership race. In the midst of the power struggle, ceaseless plotting, and frail allegiances no one is safe, not even the Chief of the KGB Lavrenti Beria

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June 14th, 2019

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12), 2018, USA / UK.

Director: Mike Newell, 113 mins. English Language

Juliet Ashton begins a correspondence shortly after the war with members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society about their experiences in Occupied Guernsey during the Second World War. The book club  was invented to subvert Nazi rule under their noses.
 When she decides to turn her research into a book she visits the island and makes lifelong friends  and takes life changing decisions.

A charming, heart warming and nostalgic tale.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

From our Chairman

A free 12th Film for our 13th season.

Welcome to your local not-for-profit community cinema!

Passionate 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 be missed.

Our first film of the season "Lion" an adopted child's quest to find his birth family will be screened in the Cossham Hall, entry will be free to all comers on a first come, first served basis, it is a visual and emotional treat.

We will 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.


Chair, Thornbury Picture House.



Grateful thanks to 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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