Presented here in partnership with Picturehouse cinemas, Public House tells the story of the Ivy House Pub in Peckham. Slated to be sold to property developers in 2012, the local community that triumphantly came together to save the pub from closure.
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 listed ‘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.
Public House was selected to be screened as part of The Last Hour! on the basis of its resonances with the rest of the project; it questions what it means to be ‘local’, the importance of pubs as social spaces, and the place of memory and nostalgia in the institution of the public house. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Sarah Turner.
The Last Hour! is a project curated by Timothea Armour, Associate Producer, that considers the contemporary state, and potential future, of the public house.
Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland. 2017 participants are: Grace Johnston, Alex Impey, Adam Lewis Jacob, Ross Little and Timothea Armour.