Thornbury Picture House, Programme 2019/20



September 2019 - June 2020 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 2019/20 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.


Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis

(AKA Welcome to the Sticks)

A free screening to be shown on September 6th
in The Cossham Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.



September 6th, 2019   Special screening in the Cossham Hall

Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (12), 2008, France

Director: Danny Boon, 106 mins.  French subtitles.

All welcome, Free entry to our opening film of the 2019/20 season

Also known to English audiences as "Welcome to the Sticks" This is one of the most successful comedies to come from the French cinema. TPH has been attempting to screen this film for several years and at last, thanks for the persistence of committee member Mike Harris, we have a reached an agreement with the French distributors.

Phillipe, a Post Office official living in Provence seeks a position on the French Riviera to please his wife Julie. He tries to deceive an inspector in an effort to secure his transfer and as a result, as a punishment, he is posted to the cold North of France leaving his wife and child behind..

The trials and misunderstandings he experiences as he attempts to come to terms with the attitudes and beliefs of the Northerners speaking an unintelligible accent called Ch'tis makes him wonder whether an unassuming life in a quaint southern town was not so bad after all and he realises that his attitude to the locals was nothing but prejudice.

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September 27th, 2019

In the Fade (18), 2017 Germany/ France

Director: Fatih Akin, 106 mins. Subtitled

Katja, the German wife of a Turkish immigrant Omar, settle into a happy daily routine in Hamburg, with their six-year-old son, Rocco. But then, a high-power nail bomb and a racially motivated attack will crush friends and relatives under the unbearable burden of tragedy, robbing Katja of everything she loved.

The devastated mother succombs first to drugs to dull her pain, and then, to utter despair, as the search for truth can sometimes be an impossible task for a complex legal system that has its hands tied. And when the justice isn't enough should you take the law into your own hands?


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In the Fade



The Breadwinner




October 11th, 2019

 The Breadwinner (12), 2017, Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg  USA.

Director : Nora Twomey, 94mins. English Language

Based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel, Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana dresses like a boy in order to support her family. She discovers a new world of freedom and danger and draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.

The Breadwinner is a thrilling luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope in the face of unimaginable danger.


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November 8th, 2019

Cold War (15), 2018 ,Poland, UK, France

Director: Pawel Pawlikoski  88 mins. English Language

Filmed in Black and White the colour style creates a romantic and nostalgic atmoshere, during the era of the beginning of the cold war.

Set against the background of the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in troubled times. A music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France. It's a passionate love story of two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet stuck with each other.


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Cold War

Wajib (AKA The Wedding Invitation)



December 6th 2019

Wajib (15), 2016 Palestine/ France/ Germany/ Columbia/ UAE/
                                               Norway /Qatar

Director: Annamarie Jacir, 96mins, Subtitled.

Also known as "The Wedding Invitation" A father and his estranged son must come together to deliver by hand his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest as per the local Palestinian custom.
But what is more important is the context. The two main characters, Abu and Shadi drive around Nazareth in a battered old Volvo in single day. We see the father telling lies (doesn't matter white or not) to comfort fellow citizens, or compromising with the occupants etc. On the other hand the son is unbending in his political and even asthetical standards. They bicker, reminisce, manipulate and needle each other but, as time passes, we understand how hard is the father's struggle to unite his "family" (read as his "nation") again back in Palestine. All his flaws are actually developed to achieve this aim. And yes, his son enjoys being free from the hardships of the everyday life in Palestine and has no concerns about the reunion of the Palestinians in the fatherland.

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January 10th 2020

The Happy Prince , (15), 2018, Belgium/ Germany/ Italy

Director: Rupert Everett, 105 mins. English Language

Once the most famous man in London Oscar Wilde is now disgraced and living in exile in a cheap Paris Hotel. The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him.

Facing his own death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed to save him from himself. Travelling through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed. It is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love.

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The Happy Prince


Free Solo


January 31st, 2020

Free Solo, (12), 2015 USA

Directors: Jimmi Chin, Elizabeth Chai-Vasarhelyi, 100 mins/

The climax to the film is is well known, nevertheless the Directors manage to convey a palpable sense of fear and tension as Alex Honnold repeatedly practices climbs in preparation for his free solo climb of the famed El Capitan, a 3,000 foot wall of sheer granite in Yosemite National Park.

Honnold makes a fascinating subject as the climber at the heart of the story. He specializes in free soloing - climbing without using ropes or any other sort of protection. What he does is insane, and the film repeatedly stresses the fact that one wrong move would result in his death. But Honnold's passion for free soloing is his lifeblood, and despite the inherent (and obvious) dangers of his profession, it's the one thing that keeps him going. FREE SOLO is a tribute to him which captures his feats in breathtaking glory

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February 14th, 2020

Capernaum (15), 2018, Lebanon/ USA

Director: Nadine Labaki, 126 mins. Subtitled

(Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.)

Capernaüm ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents. He survives through his wits on the streets where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, in exchange Zain takes care of her baby son Yonas.

Zein later gets jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom against his parents for the "crime" of giving him life when they could not afford to look after him.

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Govt. Covid19 advice Screening Cancelled 16/03/20


March 27th. 2020

Shoplifters (15), 2018, Japan

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda 121 mins. Japanese Subtitles

(Hirokazu Koreeda won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival)

Osamu, is a man with a shifty, wheedling grin. He is the head of an extended family of roguish people all nursing secrets and lies. This household appears to be a middle-aged husband and wife, a teen daughter, a young son and a grandma – all living together in a cramped rented apartment.

Theoretically a casual labourer on construction sites, Osamu actually makes his money selling the things he steals on daily shoplifting expeditions. His wife, Noboyu, works in a hotel laundry and she, too, steals things left in clothes’ pockets all the time. The younger woman is Aki who brings in her share of the family finances by taking part in a soft-porn peep show in town.

Osamu comes across a little girl of perhaps six or seven shivering in the cold and decides to take in the poor little waif for a few days. She appears to have marks on her body consistent with abuse and she wets the bed: another classic sign. Osamu’s wicked old heart is evidently melted, and he says that they will keep this little girl, and train her up in the ways of shoplifting.

It's a complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise ending.

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April 17th, 2020

  Woman at War (12), 2018, Iceland, France, Ukraine

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson, 101 mins,Subtitled

Halla, a bike-riding environmental guerrilla, magnificently played by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, combines the athletic physicality of Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt with the kaleidoscopic character depth and subtlety of Liv Ullmann or Greta Garbo. She is a woman in her forties, declaring war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland.

When not secretly holding heartless industrialists to ransom, Halla leads a local choir, producing harmonious songs that offer a choral counterpoint to the increasingly discordant strains of modern life. But along with saving mother Earth, Halla is also in the process of attempting to adopt a child, a lengthy procedure brought to an unexpected head when a Ukrainian orphan finds herself in dire need of a home. Can Halla continue to wage environmental war while taking on the mantle of loving mother? Or will the authorities catch up with her clandestine activities before she gets to fulfil her dreams?

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Woman at War

Govt. Covid19 advice Screening Cancelled 16/03/20

The Guilty

Govt. Covid19 advice Screening Cancelled 16/03/20



May 15th 2020 (also TPH AGM at 7.15pm)

The Guilty (15), 2018, Denmark .

Director: Gustav Moller. 85 Mins, Subtitled

There is an adage which states that if you allow the audience to discover the picture from the barest bones of plot they will love you for it. It’s a lesson that that first-time feature director Gustav Möller has learned well. His superb, multi-award-winning debut, The Guilty, is a masterclass in wringing breathless tension from just a few key ingredients.

The film takes place in two rooms, and the story unfolds in a series of phone calls. A police officer Cedergren temporarily assigned to emergency dispatch duty takes a desperate call from a kidnapped woman. The 75 minutes that follow are so taut, that you almost forget to breathe.

A crucial part of the picture is Jakob Cedergren’s tinderbox of a performance. Officer Holm has been taken off the street pending a formal investigation, which is scheduled for the following day. From his brusque manner it seems he feels the emergency phone operator work is beneath him. But there’s something more than that. A brief, jovial chat with a former colleague from the beat leaves him hollowed out and deadened. The camera creeps towards him as he stares, unseeing, at his desk and catches the glint of a tear in his eye.

For reasons that eventually become clear, Holm very much needs to be a hero right now. When he answers the sob-choked call from Iben (voiced by Jessica Dinnage), phoning covertly from her ex-husband’s van, Holm grabs at the chance to redeem himself.

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June 12th, 2020

Hostiles (15), 2020, USA

Director: Scott Cooper, 134 mins. English Language

Hostiles is a tough but tender tale of blood and dust, populated by characters who express themselves most eloquently through gestures rather than words, accompanied by a superb Max Richter score that wrings mournful song from troubled landscapes.

In New Mexico, 1892, the remote homestead of Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike) is besieged by Comanche raiders who burn her house and massacre her husband and children. Meanwhile, Captain Joseph J Blocker (Christian Bale) captures and torments an Apache family, rounding them up like cattle for imprisonment at the isolated Fort Berringer. “We are all prisoners,” says Blocker, who has “a war bag of reasons” for hating “savages”, and a brutal reputation for claiming “more scalps than Sitting Bull himself”. But these territorial wars are ending, and the close-to-retirement captain is ordered to escort home his dying nemesis, Cheyenne chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), to the Valley of the Bears in Montana. En route they pick up the traumatised Rosalee, who is terrified by the sight of Yellow Hawk’s chained family, but whose sympathies shift as the mismatched group encounters Comanche raiders and vicious fur-trappers.

An accomplished ensemble cast breathes life into the film’s moral quandaries, with Studi the standout as a cancer-ridden warrior on his final journey. With his leonine features and regal gait, Studi’s stoical Yellow Hawk offers an imposing counterpoint to Bale’s embittered Blocker, quietly drawing our attention away from the captain’s invasive angst towards a more profound sense of indigenous pathos and loss.

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Govt. Covid19 advice Screening Cancelled 16/03/20

From our Chairman

A free 12th Film for our 14th season. Small prices for a big screen experience.

Come and see for yourself at our free film "Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis" a hilarious comedy which kick starts an exciting and thought -provoking season.

At TPH we are passionate making your "Trip to the Pictures" a more engaging and enjoyable experience. You can watch films at home anytime but we welcome you to a different experience, high defination projection combined with Surround Sound, a big screen all in a friendly atmosphere.

2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the Thornbury Picture House first commercial screening in May 1920, we are making celebratory plans so watch this space.

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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