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Battle of Soho

Synopsis: 

In November 2014 the Iconic club Madame Jojo’s closed its doors. This event is interpreted by many as the death knell of Soho. The closure of this historic venue which premiered some of London’s most bizarre, daring and offbeat nightlife for more than half a century is seen by many as an unprecedented cultural catastrophe. In a draconian move by Westminster Madame Jojo’s liquor license had been taken away under the excuse of a “violent incident” which had occurred there. Over 12 gay and straight venues have been closed in recent years. Not the least of which include South London’s celebrated Royal Vauxhall Tavern (which was sold in 2014), and what remains are now at risk. There have also been closures in other cities such as Brighton and Manchester, two major artistic hubs; but it is in London where the issue has become most serious.

The gentrification of Soho affects the LGBT community and its Drag Queen subculture, but the cabaret atmosphere of the entire neighbourhood in enormous ways. This active pursuit to destroy a bubbling and vibrant part of the city’s heart is viewed by many as an atrocity akin to turning the lights off on Broadway. An active movement to bring a halt to this disaster has begun to unfold with one organization after another emerging to fight for Soho. Organizations made up of citizens and celebrities have sprung up to combat this onslaught. Will they win this battle and save Soho?

THE BATTLE OF SOHO seeks to document and explore the history, events, and people that make up the elements of this ongoing cultural catastrophe.

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100

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Praise for the film:
★★★★ “Stunning and timely documentary.” Diva Magazine
★★★★ “A rousing documentary.” Total Film
★★★★ “Surprisingly Moving Documentary” The Upcoming
★★★★ “Thought-Provoking Documentary” By Me Dart, Art Magazine

Screenings / Awards: 

Winner: Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, 2017.

Official selection:
33rd Warsaw Film Festival, 2017 Miami Independent Film Festival, 30th Galway Film Fleadh and Netia Off-Camera, 2018

Directed by: 
Aro Korol
Writing credits: 
Aro Korol, Harriet Exley, Johnny Deluxe
Cast: 
Starring (Alphabetical Order) Arkadius Tim Arnold TeTe Bang Jen Brown Ally Clow Joseph Corré Johnny Deluxe Joseph A Farrell Stephen Fry David Hodge aka Dusty O John James Hamish Jenkinson Andy Jones Rubyyy Jones Lindsay Kemp Jeff Kristian Daniel Lismore Marilyn Meth Marian Okanlawon Pandemonia Panacea Michael Peacock Anne Pigalle Alex Proud Howard Raymond Jenny Runacre Philip Sallon Henry Scott-Irvine Craig Seymour Matt Spike Peter Tatchell Ben Walters Ruby Wednesday Virgin Xtravaganzah and others
Produced by: 
Aro Korol
Music by: 
Phil White
Other crew: 
Sound Recordist …………………….......................................…….. Andrea Cremonini Sound Mixer & Dialogue Editor …..... Andrea Cremonini, Tobia Malagutti Art Director …………….....................................................……………….. Paweł Rosiński Assistant Director & Camera Assistant ........……………………….. Marco Augelli 2nd. Unit Director …………….…........................................……..……….. Bruno Simões Original Soundtrack ……….....…........................................………………….. Phil White Runner ………………………..................................................…….. Marcin Bandrowczak
Release Date: 
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Official sites: 
www.battleofsoho.com
Total votes: 13

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