Welcome to the Thornbury Picture House 2008/9 Season

Diary 2008

Fri Sept 5th
La Vie en Rose
Fri Sept 26th
The Painted Veil
Fri Oct 24th
The Counterfeiters
Fri November 14th
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Fri Dec 5th
Son of Rambow

Diary 2009

Fri Jan 9th
Juno
Fri Feb 6th
We are Together
Fri Feb 27th
The Orphanage
Fri March 27th

Persepolis
Fri May 15th
My Brother is an Only Child
    

                           

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How to join TPH

TPH, The Armstrong Hall,
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Doors open 7.00pm
Film starts 7.30pm

2008/9 Film Dates
(Click film title for storyline)

2008

Fri Sept 5th
La Vie en Rose (Cert 12)
Subtitled

Fri Sept 26th
The Painted Veil (Cert 12)

Fri Oct 24th
The Counterfeiters (Cert 12)
Subtitled

Fri November 14th
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Cert 12)
Subtitled

Fri Dec 5th
Son of Rambow (Cert 12)

2009

Fri Jan 9th
Juno (Cert 12)

Fri Feb 6th
We are Together (Cert PG)

Fri Feb 27th
The Orphanage (Cert 15)
Subtitled

Fri March 27th

Persepolis
(Cert 12)
Subtitled

Fri May 15th
My Brother is an Only Child
 (Cert 15)
Subtitled


TPH Committee

Welcome

Have you ever wanted to leave the car at home and walk to a local film venue, one with a warm friendly atmosphere, where you can chat about the film afterwards with your friends? We did, so we decided to create a film club: Our club name, Thornbury Picture House, was inspired by the old cinema (1919-1959) in the High Street, which was renowned for being the social hub of Thornbury. We have completed two successful seasons and have a strong membership base to take the club forward.

Thornbury Picture House believes that a good film deserves to be seen on a large screen with good sound and in the presence of an sizeable audience to build the atmosphere and heighten the emotions. You can see films at home any time, but watching on a local wide screen is an altogether different experience.

Autumn/winter 2008/9
A programme of ten films will be shown, screened at approximately monthly intervals.

Sign up now, or Contact us.

To express an interest in becoming a member of Thornbury Picture House,
click Downloadable Application Form or email holly-bush@talktalk.net with a request for a brochure and a membership application form, or Ph
one or write to:

TPH Membership Sec.
Hollybush Cottage,
Clay Lane,
Thornbury
South Glos. BS35 3UA
Phone 01454 412272

The membership fee is £30, it entitles members to see all 10 films and attend any special events which TPH may organise. Members must be over 16 years of age.

Cheques to be made payable to "Thornbury Picture House". We regret that credit cards cannot be accepted due to the high banking overheads payable by a small club like TPH.

Non members.

Patrons who are not paid-up members of the TPH, and guests of members, may purchase tickets, subject to availability, at the desk on club nights price £5.00. Admission is subject to the Film classification certificate.

 

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2008/9 Programme

Our third year of films promises to entertain, challenge and provoke you, providing a range of human interest, exciting contemporary films and the best cinema from abroad. Let us know which films delight you and those which dont.

Thanks to everyone who has supported TPH over the last 2 years, we hope that you will agree that the films in the forthcoming season represent all that is thought-provoking, exciting and entertaining in the world of cinema. Inevitable rising costs mean that we are forced to raise our membership fees to £30 for the 10 film season, still a bargain, as we believe you should have the chance to see World Cinema choices locally at an affordable price. We look forward to seeing you on 5th September for the first screening, "La Vie en Rose", at a screen near you!

Kieran Chair TPH

 

 

Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com)

The website imbd.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 2008/9 season. Just click on each underlined link and scroll down to the heading "Users Comments" to read one reviewer's commentary together with notes from other readers to say whether the review was helpful or not.

 

 

La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

Fri Sept 5th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

La Vie en Rose (12)

Director: Olivier Dahan

The path to musical stardom is usually paved with rags before riches, and so it goes that Olivier Dahan's biopic of French chantreuse Edith Piaf is not shy of a poor-girl-turned-diva plot. Piaf lived a colourful, hectic life and Dahan has created a film to reflect this, but his fractured portrait of the singer is centred on some glorious samples of her music and an stunning Oscar-winning performance by Marion Cotillard.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450188/

 

Fri Sept 26th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

The Painted Veil (12)

Director: John Curran

Love and Cholera take hold in 1920s China in The Painted Veil, a classic melodrama by W Somerset Maughan. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts breath new life into this web of intrigue, as the cheating wife is hauled off to an isolated village ravaged by cholera in an unusual punishment by her scientist partner in a loveless marriage. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446755/

 

The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil


The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters

 

Fri Oct 24th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

 

The Counterfeiters (15)

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky

Do you co-operate with the enemy to save your own skin - or do you fight for what you believe in and face certain death? That is the dilemma at the heart of Stefan Ruzowitsky's compelling WWII drama about concentration camp Jews who are spared the gas chamber - in exchange for printing fake money for the Nazis in a plot known as "Operation Bernhard". The Nazi scam set out to crush the British and US economies with counterfeit notes and succeeded in forging over £130 million before the end of the war.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0813547/

 

Fri Nov 14th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (12)

Director Julian Schnabel

Following a stroke at the age of 43, the editor-in-chief of French Elle Magazine, Jean Dominique Bauby, went from playboy to paralysed. He wakes in hospital to find that he can only move one eye. Hostile and humerous in equal measure, he eventually communicates by blinking and dictates an entire book in this way. Deeply affecting, but not overly sentimental, genuinely moving to watch. A memorable, life-affirming adaptation of a true story.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401383/

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

 


 

Son of Rambow

Son of Rambow

 

Fri Dec 5th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

 

Son of Rambow (12)

Director Garth Jennings

A delightful feel-good movie about two wildly different boys growing up in the 80's and forming an unlikely alliance. Will is the sheltered son of a Plymouth Bretheren family that rejects such worldly pleasures as music, books and TV. He meets with Lee, the appallingly behaved school terror who makes bizarre home movies. During a long English summer they soon embark on a home-movie version of Sly Stallone's First Blood to enter in the BBC's Screen Test for a young film-makers' competition.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0845046/

Fri Jan 9th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

Juno (12)

Director Jason Reitman

A teenager coping with pregnancy needs a strong backbone so it no wonder that director Jason Reitman cast Ellen Page as Juno. After her steely turn in Hard Candy, the young actress carries the weight of this film with consummate ease and no small degree of charm. She cuts straight to the bone with scathingly sharp dialogue (scripted by Diablo Cody), but she also brings warmth and vulnerability to soften the edges.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0467406/

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Juno

Juno

 

 

We are Together

We are Together

Fri Feb 6th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

We are Together (PG)

Director Paul Taylor

Jointly financed by record companies, TV stations and charities, this documentary showcases the aceppella singing talents of children from the Agape Orphanage in South Africa, while also aiming to raise awareness about AIDS-afflicted communities. Paul Taylor's small-scale film is a prizewinner in the manner of other world music celebrations such as "The Buena Vista Social Club".

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926347/

 

 

Fri Feb 27th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

The Orphanage (15)

Director Juan Antonio Bayona

A brilliant update of the haunted house story produced by Guillermo del Toro of Pan's Labryinth fame. Belen Rueda returns to her childhood house and opens an orphanage, but disaster strikes when her son goes missing - and there's something nasty lurking in the basement. The film uses every cliché in the book, but still manages to turn into one of the most stunning and scary films of the year.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464141/

The Orphanage

The Orphanage


 

Persopolis

Persopolis

 

Fri Mar 27th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

Persopolis (12)

Director Vincent Paronnaud

Persopolis is based on writer and co-director Marjane Satrapi's semi-autobiographical series of graphic novels about a young Iranian girl growing up during the Isalamic revolution. It deservedly shared the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes FIlm Festival. A beautifully animated, thoroughly engaging coming-of-age drama that is, by turns, moving, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

 

 

Fri May 15th 7.30pm Armstrong Hall

My Brother is an Only Child.

Director Daniele Luchetti

The film uses the love-hate relationship between two brothers (played by Elio Germano and Riccardo Scamarcio) from a working-class family to explore the ideological cracks within Italian society during the 1960's and 1970's, the so-called "years of lead". Scripted by Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, it's an amusing and engagingly acted film, which respects the contradictions of its characters.

For review, Click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0846040/

 

My Brother is an Only Child

My Brother is an Only Child

 

 

Grants and Supporters

We are very grateful for the help we have received from the following in supporting TPH:

Brian Clay - The British Federation of Film Societies
Chris Baker - Bath Film Festival
Brazen Graphic Design
Thornbury Arts Festival
Thornbury Town Council
South Gloucestershire Council
Essilor Ltd.
Renishaw plc.
Rolls-Royce plc
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Quartet Community Foundation
Awards for All

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