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A film by Sarah Turner

96 minutes, 2016

“Its combination of the choreographic and choral offer a dazzlingly unique form in which to make the collective cinematic”

Sophie Mayer, BFI Sight & Sound



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.

You may be interested in: http://thepublichousefilm.wixsite.com/home
This site was our forum for community liaison and updates and documents some of the production processes.

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