Babylon

Cinema of Dislocation
Director: Franco Rosso 1980 95 Minutes Ages 18+
Babylon Sat 05 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:30am 95mins New Farm Six Cinemas
Babylon Thu 10 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 06:15pm 95mins Reading Cinemas Newmarket

One of the great British cult films, the restored Babylon remains a potent, dub-infused portrait of life on the fringes in Thatcher-era London.

Franco Rosso’s film premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival but remained unreleased in America for decades out of fears it would incite racial tension. Brinsley Forde, founding member of iconic British reggae outfit Aswad, plays Blue, an aspiring DJ who faces down poverty, corrupt cops and skinheads in his fight to find musical success. With stunning cinematography from Academy Award-winner Chris Menges and a soundtrack that mixes incredible reggae, dub and dancehall tunes, Babylon remains a powerful document of social unrest.

Details

Year:1980
Classification:Ages 18+
Country:United Kingdom
Language:English, with English subtitles
Director:Franco Rosso
Producer:Gavrik Losey
Cast:Brinsley Forde, Karl Howman, Trevor Laird
Script:Franco Rosso, Martin Stellman
Program strand:Cinema of Dislocation
Rights:Park Circus