Battle Of Soho + Q&A15

Battle Of Soho + Q&A

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  • Thu 2 Nov
  • 130 minutes
  • Director: Aro Korol
  • Cast: Stephen Fry, Jenny Runacre, Matt Spike, Drew Caiden, Pandemonia Panacea, Lindsay Kemp, Daniel Lismore
  • UK (2017)

Synopsis

Battle Of Soho will be followed by a Q&A with Jenny Runnacre and photographer Matt Spike – both of whom appear in Battle of Soho.


Jenny Runnacre, the South-African born English actress who has starred in films including The Duellists (1977) and Jubilee (1978), worked extensively in Soho in the 70s and 80s when it was a teeming hub of creativity for experimental theatre and film.


Matt Spike, London based Gay Fetish Photographer, started working as a leather escort at 22. He believes it is more important than ever now to create kinky art and push it further than we thought imaginable. It is an outlet of frustration in a boring, planned world. Fetish art must find new taboos to break, new rules to disobey and new excitement to be discovered.


''Inspired by the closure of Madame Jojos, Battle of Soho addresses gentrification within Soho, areas surrounding London, and other major global cities.

Soho is world renowned for its exciting and varied nightlife and venues such as Madame Jojos nurtured this image and the budding performers of tomorrow in its unique, offbeat and extravagant fashion. Despite half a century of enthralling entertainment encompassing Paul Raymond's legacy, Madame Jojos licence was revoked and it was subsequently closed in November 2014 following a violent incident in what was seen as a draconian move by Westminster Council.

Amidst London’s major redevelopments exists the impending threats of closure to a multitude of London's iconic entertainment and social spaces. The resounding impact on performance art and culture is at the heart of Battle of Soho's message.

 Following campaigns, corporate interest, business owners and performers, 'Battle of Soho' documents the poignant current and historic events that are contributing to this - what is named by many - cultural catastrophe.

'Battle of Soho' provides a voice to both the developers and those affected by assessing the extent of the impact this will have on the future of London's entertainment and sub-cultures. The power of collectivism reigns true throughout, demonstrating that although it may be too late to save New York, it is not too late to save London.''