Aro Korol is an award-winning British filmmaker. He produced and directed the documentary Battle Of Soho (2017), starring: Stephen Fry and Lindsay Kemp, club fashion guru Philip Sallon, and a gaggle of drag queens, eccentric residents and aged rockers.
Korol’s love for media and film started in his native Poland when he was a kid. When he was just 19-years-old, his first film job was as a production assistant on Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg. Korol moved to Paris, where he lived for 12 years, traveling to America in 1997 to study film at New York University. In 1999, Korol started his own film production company, Awesome Industry, and gained exclusive access to film events at The Roxy in New York City showcasing Madonna and famed DJ Peter Rauhofer.
Last year, for the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for London’s LGBTQ venues to be preserved from skyrocketing rents forcing them out of the city. Over half of the city’s 58 gay venues have closed in the last year, to a tragically low of just 53 still open for business.
Inspired by the anger in the queer community over the closings, Korol’s documentary explores the beleaguered neighborhood, from its dangerous historical reputation during its Victorian era, to its modern, very gentrified, existence. Once an offbeat haven for the extravagant and unique, Soho is losing everything that makes it special.
Much of the blame is placed on former mayor (2008 to 2016) Boris Johnson, Britain’s ugly version of Trump. Johnson gave free reign for redevelopment. It’s a process that hasn’t slowed. The gentrification of London has been in action for decades, and Soho was arguably lost long ago.
Trump is currently on an unnecessary three-day visit to London and courted controversy before he arrived in Britain, reopening a long-running feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan by calling him a ”stone-cold loser” while praising Johnson who hopes to become the new Prime Minister, and weighed in on the American-born Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, telling a tabloid: ”I didn’t know that she was nasty”.
It has a whirlwind of pomp and protest for Trump, who had lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and tea with Prince Charles before a grand state dinner at Buckingham Palace. Eager to flatter Trump, the British lavished him with spectacle, beginning his visit with a royal gun salute as the president and Melania walked to the palace where a smiling queen greeted them.
That balloon depicting Trump as a giant, diaper-clad baby will fly again in London this week during protests of his official state visit to Britain, activists said today. During his 2018 visit to the U.K., Trump said the balloon made him less inclined to visit the capital. Now it has become a proud tradition to let it fly.
Four of the evil spawn of POTUS are in London for this visit. Even Tiffany who never gets invited to anything.
According to U.S. ambassador Woody Johnson (I’m not making up that name) said Trump won’t be “intimidated” during his visit, after last year’s was overshadowed by mass demonstrations and the big flying Trump Baby.
Sadiq Khan blasted Trump’s language comparing it to other “20th century fascists” and branded to decision to roll out the red carpet for him as “un-British”.
The Battle Of SoHo is streaming on Amazon. You can follow Korol on Instagram here; I do. You can follow the Trump visit to the UK via every news network on the planet, but why not skip it altogether? We already know the drill.