Babylon – lost reggae classic!
Director: Franco Rosso
1980, UK | Italy, 95 Mins., Digital Cinema, NR
You’ve seen The Harder They Come, maybe you’ve seen Rockers, but you’ve never seen anything like Babylon!
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”.
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 dancehall set to a blistering reggae and lovers rock soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.
One time screening – Co-Presented by The The Island Spot – Dallas with Special Post-Screening Sound System DJ Set by Peter Salisbury!