A film by Sarah Turner
96 minutes, 2016
In 2012, the Ivy House pub in Peckham was sold to property developers as part of the ongoing gentrification of South London, but the locals triumphantly saved it as the first asset of community value in the UK.
The film tells the story through a communal portrait of intertwining voices, which can be heard as a collection of individual testaments or as a folk-operatic arrangement.
This participatory documentary weaves dance, poetry and song through its multi-layered soundscape, but the Ivy House itself remains the central character, embodied and inhabited by memories beyond its current guests.
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