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In 2012, the Ivy House pub in Peckham was sold to property developers as part of the ongoing gentrification of south London. The locals opposed it. Unfolding from this scenario, the film weaves verbatim testament into folk operatic form with the Ivy House itself, embodied and imagined as a central character and inhabited by the memories of the generations who have passed through its doors. Sarah Turner films the community’s creative reanimation of the mourned pub through dance, poetry and song... which both records and creates a vision of social possibility... The activism that saved the pub is a metaphor for social and creative agency. This is not just a film about resistance; it is a film that itself refuses categorisation... a triumphant genre-blending documentary which turns community action into an exhilarating participatory opera. (London Film Festival)
Public House premiered in the documentary competition at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival and was nominated for the Grierson Award. The film has since been re-edited and remastered in a new version for wider audiences.


Type of film
Running Time
96 mins
Sarah Turner
Sarah Turner
Sarah Turner
Sarah Turner
Director of Photography
Sarah Turner, Matthew Walter
Sarah Turner
Principal Cast
Featuring the extended community of the Ivy House pub SE15

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Last updated 17th October 2016

Production Company

Sarah Turner
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c/o Sarah Turner
+44 (0)796 011 0403