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Sarah Turner, Public House, 2016

Sarah Turner, Public House, 2016

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Sarah Turner 'Public House'


13 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

Public House tells the story of the Ivy House Pub in Peckham. Slated to be sold to property developers in 2012, the local community triumphantly came together to save the pub from closure. This documentary is an inspirational story of social resilience and the power of communities working together.
Made in collaboration with some of the many users of the pub, the film features their voices, poems and performances, as well as key moments in the community takeover which led the Ivy House to become one of the UK’s first co-operatively owned pubs and the country’s first ‘asset of community value’. Through dance, poetry and song the film builds into an exhilarating participatory opera of multi-layered voices telling a tale of social resilience in the face of creeping gentrification.
It culminates with director Sarah Turner’s own playful reimagining of William Blake’s vision of angels on Peckham Rye, as the Ivy House community take to the streets in a communal celebration of human creativity and resilience. 
Originally premiered at the London Film Festival, Public House was nominated for the prestigious Grierson Award in 2016.


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Screening times: 
Fri 13 & Sat 14 Oct
4.44pm – Last screening (6.21pm end) 
Sun 15 Oct
4.07pm – Last screening (5.45pm end)

Sarah Turner trained at St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She is an artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and academic. Her feature films include Ecology, 2007, Perestroika, 2009/10, Perestroika: Reconstructed, 2013. Public House premiered in the Documentary competition, LFF 2015, nominated for the Grierson Award and was re-mastered in 2016 for wider audiences.

Sarah’s shorts have been broadcast on Channel 4 and she has had feature scripts commissioned by the BFI, Film Four Lab and Zephyr Films. Amongst other curatorial projects, Turner produced (with Jon Thomson) the launch programme for Lux Cinema in 1997. Sarah is currently Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research in the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.


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