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Oct 13, 2015 12:47 AM
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For those that aren’t heading to Brooklyn tonight, there are still a few tickets left for a pair of fine transpontine documentaries making their inagural appearances at the LFF tonight. Elephant Days sees directors James Caddick and James Cronin follow the Maccabees as they create their fourth album, ‘Marks to Prove It’, in an Elephant and Castle recording studio. Aside from the band and its creative process, the film takes a poetic look at the area and its eclectic inhabitants and discovers there’s far more to the Elephant than just a down-at-heel shopping centre and one of London’s most dangerous roundabouts.
Sarah Turner’s Public House, meanwhile, is set four miles to the south in Nunhead. It centres on The Ivy House, a local pub that was set sold to be sold to property developers and has since been saved. It’s a genre-blending doc that turns community action into a participatory opera. As the BFI’s Helen de Witt writes: “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.”
Elephant Days screens in the Sonic strand at Cineworld Haymarket tonight at 6.30pm, 3.45pm Saturday 17 October at Brixton Ritzy and Vue Islington on 8,45pm Sunday 18 October.
Public House screens at Picturehouse Central at 8.45pm tonight and Rich Mix on Saturday 17 October 3.20pm.