Sarah Turner PUBLIC HOUSE UK 2015. 98 mins. Sarah Turner’s Public House, a genre-blending documentary that turns community action into a participatory opera. 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. The film weaves verbatim testament into folk operatic form with the pub itself, embodied and imagined as a central character and inhabited by the memories of the generations who have passed through its doors. Turner films the community’s creative reanimation of the mourned pub through dance, poetry and song, reimagined as ritualised invocation, which both records and creates a vision of social possibility. Here, the ‘real people’ are not actors; they are performers and writers. 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, reinventing documentary reality as a polyphonic clamour of musical subjectivities. THEN AND NOW ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION Heong Gallery, Downing College Discussion on the state of artist’s moving image work today, by reference to the London Film-Makers' Co-op. Join microcinema film-makers, former LFMC members, curators and critics to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing experimental film today.