In 2012, the Ivy House pub in Peckham was sold to property developers as part of the ongoing gentrification of south London. The local community opposed the decision and came together to take back the space.
In this experimental documentary, director Sarah Turner weaves together their voices through dance, poetry and song into an exhilarating participatory opera in a multi-layered exploration of memory, community and social reinvention.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Sarah Turner hosted by Regan Koch.
Regan Koch is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. His interests are in matters of public space, urban sociality and collective culture, and the representation and imagination of urban life. Working between London and various cities across the US, his research has focused on exploring novel food trends, social entrepreneurship, regulation, and changing social norms related to how we live together in cities. Regan is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Key Thinkers on Cities.