Babylon

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United Kingdom | 1980 | 95 minutes | Franco Rosso

Opens April 19, 2019

A young musician and his friends struggle against the racial prejudices that seek to marginalize them and their future prospects. Available to see theatrically for the first time in the U.S., Babylon is a riveting, reggae-fueled trip set in early 80s London.

Dancehall DJ Blue (Brinsley Forde) and his crew of musical compatriots navigate the racist and anti-immigrant prejudices of London as they try to get their music in front of audiences in Franco Rosso's underseen 1980 film. Co-scripted by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and captured in luminous tones by future Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), Babylon, for better or worse, feels just as timely today as when the film premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. Featuring a rousing soundtrack with songs by Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and others.

  • Director: Franco Rosso
  • Principal Cast: David N. Haynes, Trevor Lair, Victor Romero Evans, Brian Bovell, Archie Pool
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 1980
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Gavrik Losey
  • Screenplay: Franco Rosso, Martin Stellman
  • Cinematographers: Chris Menges
  • Language: English