Like the reggae music that pulses through it, 'Babylon' is rich, rough and real.
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Never-before released in North America, Franco Rosso's incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but was banned from the New York Film Festival that same year for "being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension" (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and shot by two-time Oscar® winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields) with beautifully smoky cinematography that has been compared to Taxi Driver, Babylon is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dance hall set to a blistering reggae and lovers rock soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.

You've seen
The Harder They Come, maybe you've seen Rockers, but you've never seen anything like Babylon.

Directed by Franco Rosso
Written by Franco Rosso and Martin Stellman

"An instant classic." - British Film Institute

FIVE STARS. "One of the greatest British films." - Mojo

Babylon captures the zeitgeist of the era, avoiding the grip of nostalgia, instead providing a harrowing yet ultimately uplifting account of a cultural and spiritual triumph over the adversities of poverty and overt racism (institutional and physical) that were still so ingrained in Thatcher's England." - Electric Sheep

"Fueled by a terrific dub soundtrack courtesy of (Dennis) Bovell and the amiable lead performance of (Brinsley) Forde." - The Digital Fix

"A crucial piece of documentary evidence as to how Afro-Caribbean communities in London lived beneath the media radar. Arguably the film is made by (Chris) Menges's photography, from the Taxi Driver-jaded kitsch of the Soho arcade scenes to the roving camera of the sensitive engagement party scene, to a post-dance lilac dawn over Deptford set against a piss-darkened tower block walkway." - The Independent

Babylon was the first British non-documentary to centre on reggae...a unique musical time capsule." - The Guardian

"The elusive, and only, feature film focusing on the sound system scene in West London." - Wax Poetics

Babylon perfectly evokes the growing racial tensions-and intense feelings of doom-of inner city London life during the late 70s/early 80s that ultimately culminated in the fiery Brixton riots. Highly recommended." - Dangerous Minds

Opening at

Glendale on Mar 15th

Runtime: 95 min
Language: English

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Tickets for "Babylon" will go on sale no later than Tuesday, Mar 12th at 7pm.
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