Babylon screening on Friday 22 July 2011
18th July 2011: Wish to know something more about the reggae culture in London? You do not have to wait till long.
For Babylon, the 1980 film exploring reggae culture in London, is set to be screened on Friday 22 July 2011, 7.30pm, at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.
It will be followed by an one-off set from the soundtrack's composer.
Dennis Bovell is Babylon soundtrack composer. Booking are required and the tickets are costing £15. To book, you can email at [email protected] you can even call up at phone 020 7960 4200.
Babylon depicts the struggles of a Black British working class musician. It stars Brinsley Forde of the reggae band, Aswad. It was co-written by Martin Stellman, the writer of Quadrophenia and Franco Rosso, who also directed it. It also starred Karl Howman and Trevor Laird.
Brinsley Forde plays a Deptford garage-hand by day and a disco-dispenser by night. The film follows him as he loses his job as a car mechanic (Mel Smith in a cameo as his racist boss), gets beaten up by racist police and falsely charged, forced to go on the run, falling out with his girlfriend and finally stabbing a racist neighbour in anger and frustration. The film finishes with a posse of policemen smashing down the doors of a music hall.
Babylon was filmed on the streets of Lewisham, London.
The film revolves around racism from police and thugs, violence against blacks, poverty and disillusion and lack of opportunities.
Songs are by Aswad, Johnny Clarke, among others and even a tune by Jeff Wayne (War Of The Worlds fame).
Produced by Diversity Music, National Film Finance Corporation, Chrysalis Group and Lee Electric (Lighting), the film is regarded as a classic