Brinsley Forde as Blue in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Archie Pool as Dreadhead in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Brian Bovell as Scientist in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Cosmo Laidlaw as Rastaman in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Karl Howman as Ronnie in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Scientist (Brian Bovell), Beefy (Trevor Laird), and Lover (Victor Romero Evans) are members of the Ital Lion Sound System in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
L-R: Lover (Victor Romero Evans), Blue (Brinsley Forde) and Errol (David N. Haynes) in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Brinsley Forde as Blue in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
By day, Blue (Brinsley Forde) works as a mechanic in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
L-R: Lover (Victor Romero Evans) and Scientist (Brian Bovell) in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
L-R: Errol (David N. Haynes), Blue (Brinsley Forde) and Beefy (Trevor Laird) pal around in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Brinsley Forde as Blue in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
L-R: Errol (David N. Haynes), Ronnie (Karl Howman), Dreadhead (Archie Pool) and Blue (Brinsley Forde) at the Ital Lion clubhouse in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Trevor Laird as Beefy in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.
Brinsley Forde as Blue in Franco Rosso's BABYLON.

Babylon

Franco Rosso, 1980, U.K.
Franco Rosso's incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. 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 DriverBabylon is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall 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.

 

Details

  • 95 min
  • Color
  • In English

Formats

  • Blu-ray
  • DCP
  • DVD

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