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The Battle of Soho: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Aro Korol

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Regent Street Cinema

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W1B 2HT

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Gentrification regularly appears in the media as a controversial topic and has been an issue in Soho for decades. Aro Korol’s 2017 documentary film Battle of Soho explores how gentrification has changed the heart of London’s bohemian quarter. Taking place at the historic Regent Street Cinema, the film screening is followed by a Q&A with the director Aro Korol, Margherita Sprio and members of The Soho Society.

A drinks reception will follow.


Led by Margherita Sprio, author and Reader in Film and Visual Culture.

Aro Korol, director/writer/producer of Battle of Soho, was born in Poland where his passion for film was ignited as he sneaked into the local cinema his grandmother worked to watch classics including Gone with the Wind and Some Like It Hot. Now living in London, he started his own production company (The Aro Korol Company) and began to notice a cultural shift in the city that he had seen take over New York while he was living there. This increased gentrification led to the inspiration behind his making of Battle of Soho.

Margherita Sprio is Reader in Film and Visual Culture at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design and author of Migrant Memories - Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post War Diaspora in Britain (2013). She is currently working on the book Women in the Frame: Feminist Intimacies on the British Screen (2019).


This event is part of the Difference Festival, a week of free talks, walks and workshops exploring difference in Soho.

View the full schedule and book tickets for all events at:westminster.ac.uk/difference

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