Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 118: Sat Apr 30

Babylon (Rosso, 1981): Barbican Cinema, 7pm

Introducing the screening will be DJ Spoony and special guests are spinning classic reggae, while after the film a panel with Brinsley FordeTrevor Liard, Brian Bovell, Dennis Bovell and Beverley Michaels.

Time Out review:
Although Babylon shows what it's like to be young, black and working class in Britain, the final product turns dramatised documentary into a breathless helter-skelter. Rather than force the social and political issues, Rosso lets them emerge and gather momentum through the everyday experience of his central character Blue (sensitively played by Brinsley Forde). A series of increasingly provocative incidents finally polarise Blue and lead to uncompromising confrontation. Although the script runs out of steam by the end, the sharp use of location, the meticulous detailing of black culture, the uniformly excellent performances and stimulating soundtrack command attention.
Ian Birch

Here (and above) is the trailer.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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