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UK Premiere: Property + ScreenTalk with Penny Allen

Architecture on Film

Director Penny Allen and sound recordist Gus Van Sant in Property

Activist-director Penny Allen’s satirical docudrama tackles gentrification through an eccentric collective’s attempts to save their neighbourhood by purchasing a residential Portland block.

Adapted from Allen’s real life experience of a local community’s fight against their neighbourhood’s pending sale, demolition and erasure, and dramatised through local characters and members of the theatre troupe with whom Allen was working at the time, Property offers a playful and political time-capsule of 1970s social and cinematic ideas and ideals.

A prize-winner at the first ever Sundance Film Festival in 1978, the film’s legacy to independent American cinema includes the introduction of a young Gus Van Sant - the film’s sound recordist. 

Following the screening, director Penny Allen is in conversation with Elena Gorfinkel for a ScreenTalk.


US 1978 Dir Penny Allen 92 min

Curated by the Architecture Foundation

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