Thornbury Picture House, Programme 2021/22



September 2021 - June 2022 Film Programme

TPH films will now be shown in Upper Hall of the Methodist Church
Castle Court, 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 2021/22 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.


Sing Street


A free screening to be shown on September 4th 2021
in the Upper Hall of the Methodist Church at 7.30pm. All welcome.




September 4th, 2021  

Free screening in the Methodist Church Hall

Sing Street (12), 2016, Ireland/UK

Director: John Carney 105 mins.  English Language

All welcome, Free entry to our opening film of the 2021/22 season

Set in 1980’s Dublin, where an economic recession forces Conor out of a comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner city school. He finds hope in the cool, mysterious Raphina and, with the aim of trying to win her heart, invites her to star in his band’s music videos – without actually having a band! Combining warmth, humour and a great soundtrack Sing Street will have you dancing in your seat.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below


October 2nd 2021

Woman at War (12) 2018, Iceland/France

Director Benedikt Erlingsson 101 mins. Subtitled

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter in the mountains. But just as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow

For full synopsis and reviews click the link below




Woman at War




Portrait of a Lady on Fire




October 23 th, 2021

 Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (15), 2019, France.

Director: Celine Sciamma, 121 mins. Subtitled

Brittany 1760, where a countess engages a ladies’ companion for her beautiful daughter Héloïse, who has just left convent life and is recovering from the loss of her sister. The companion is actually an artist, and the countess wishes her to paint a portrait of Héloïse in secret, to be shown to a wealthy prospective husband in Milan, as Héloïse would never consent to sitting for such a picture. A Cannes award winning treat for the eyes.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below


November 13th, 2021

BlacKkKlansman (15), 2018, USA,

Director: Spike Lee, 135 mins, English Language

In high hopes of becoming a detective, the rookie police officer and the first African-American member of the 1970s Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron Stallworth, summons up the courage to do the unthinkable: he applies to enrol in the local Ku Klux Klan chapter. But, is that even possible? With his fellow white Jewish partner, Flip Zimmerman, doing the undercover work, Ron will go to great lengths to expose the organisation's plans, setting in motion a boldly methodical and outrageous scheme right in the heart of the KKK.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below



The Personal History of David Copperfield



December 11th 2021

In place of "La Belle Epoque"

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG), 2019, UK

Director: Armando Iannucci, 119 mins

The IMDB review compares the film a series of interconnected skits than a traditionally cinematic narrative. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. It gives the piece - which does, of course, have an overarching story - a unique feel. It's also an apt way to condense a lifetime into two hours, featuring only the most significant moments of its eponymous character's life. It all seems a little surreal. The experience starts off a little slow but it soon picks up the pace, moving towards its low-key finale with a fair bit of momentum. Each and every cast member is decidedly good, though, doing exactly what they need to with apparent joy.

Overall, the film is entertaining and well-made. It's fun, energetic and, in general, just a good time.

For full synopsis and reviews click the link below


January 8th 2022


The Peanut Butter Falcon (12), 2019, USA,

Directors: Tyler Nilson / Michael Schwartz, 97 mins English Language
An adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak, a young man with Down’s Syndrome, runs away from his care home to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. The sweetest, heart warming film of the decade.

For full synopsis and reviews click the link below


The Peanut Butter Falcon




February 5th, 2022

Summerland (12), 2020, UK,

Diirector: Jessica Swale, 99 mins English Language

Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realise they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. A tender emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below


February 26th, 2022

Parasite (15), 2019, S. Korea,

Director: Bong Joon Ho, 132 mins Subtitled

A biting social satire about economic inequality between two South Korean families, the destitute Kims, and the wealthy Parks. Things seem to be looking up at last for the Kims when the Kim children create an opportunity for well paid and lucrative employment, which will improve their squalid existence. But can the good times really last? A brilliant, Oscar winning masterpiece which will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below





Scott and Sid



March 12th, 2022

Scott And Sid (15), 2018, UK,

Directors: Scott Elliott / Sid Sadowsky, 100 mins English Language.

Teenage schoolboys Scott and Sid are isolated and underachieving when Scott transfers to Sid’s school. Sid is a withdrawn, awkward son of an alcoholic mother and absent father who just wants to work hard, and get through his exams. Scott is an unloved foster child who’s been expelled from multiple schools and is rootless and uncontainable. But, as their friendship develops, they find something in each other that enables them to glimpse a bigger goal.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below


April 23rd, 2022

Séraphine (12), 2008, France/Belgium,

Director: Martin Provost, 125 mins Subtitled

Séraphine Louis, lived in Senlis, France from 1864 to 1942. An orphan, raised and cared for in early life by nuns, she was looked down on by all, and barely survived by working as a cleaner. But in her small candlelit room at night she made beautiful paintings. Her unique skill was recognised by the art critic Wilhelm Uhde who championed it worldwide. But as war hit the economy, support evaporated and an uncertain future lay ahead.

For full synopsis click



The Farewell



May 21st 2022 (also TPH AGM at 7.15pm)

The Farewell (PG), 2019, USA,

Director: Lulu Wang, 100 mins English Language

A warm uplifting film based on a “good” lie. Chinese born, USA raised, Billi returns to China to find that their beloved matriarch has been given weeks to live. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they arrange a wedding which will provide an opportunity to bring the whole family together to see grandma one last time. An inspirational film celebrating the joys and importance of family life.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below


June 11th, 2022

Balloon (12), 2018, Germany

Director: Michael Herbig, 125 mins Subtitles

In the summer of 1979, in Thüringen, in East Germany, two families put together a dangerous plan to leave the GDR for the 'West' and escape in a home-made hot air balloon. The authorities become aware of the plan and attempt to track down the would-be escapees. The tension rises as the families realise that they must win their race against time if they are to survive.


For full synopsis and reviews click the link below




From our Chairman

A free 12th Film for our 15th season. Small prices for a big screen experience.

Come and see for yourself at our free film "Sing Street" on September 4th, it's a warm comedy with a great soundtrack which kick starts an exciting and thought-provoking season.

At TPH we are passionate about 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 definition projection combined with Surround Sound, a big screen all in a friendly atmosphere.

We also hope to screen 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:

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BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund.
Quartet Community Foundation

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