Brinsley Forde
Director: Franco Rossi Cast: Brinsley Forde
Brinsley Forde
, Karl Howman
Karl Howman
, Trevor Laird
Trevor Laird
Franco Rossi

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Babylon is a gritty, neorealist account of the lives of a group of West Indian youths living in London. Blue (Brinsley Forde) is the Rastafarian leader of a Sound System (a mobile disc-jockey team who spin reggae records at clubs, parties, and other gatherings) who is trying to prepare for an upcoming Sound System competition. Blue's love of music is one of the few positive outlets in his life; with the crime and violence of London's slums, the verbal and physical attacks by racist whites, and the jealousy of other DJs, Blue is reaching the end of his rope. That rope begins to fray when Blue is fired from his job, is brutally attacked by police officers, and discovers that his DJ equipment has been destroyed by angry neighbors. Unlike most films about reggae music and culture, Babylon doesn't explore the sunny side of Jamaican life or West Indian gangland culture; instead, it looks at how the implicit radicalism of reggae mirrored political and social concerns in the urban areas outside Jamaica where the music was so enthusiastically embraced.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2019
UPC: 0738329239176
Original Release: 1980
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 5,189

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Franco Rosso, screenwriter Martin Stellman, actor Brinsley Forde and producer Gavrik Losey; Dread Beat and Blood (1979, a short documentary on Linton Kwesi Johnson directed by Franco Rosso); New interviews with Brinsley Forde and Dennis Bovell; Restoration featurette; Q&A with cast and crew (recorded at the BFI Southbank in 2008); Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brinsley Forde Blue
Karl Howman Ronnie
Trevor Laird Beefy
Brian Bovell Spark
Victor Romero Evans Lover
David N. Haynes Actor
Archie Pool Dreadhead
T-Bone Wilson Wesley
Mel Smith Alan
Beverly Michaels Elaine
Maggie Steed Woman At Lockup
Bill Moody Man On Balcony
Stefan Kalipha Fat Larry
Mark Monero Carlton
David Cunningham Sir Watts

Technical Credits
Franco Rossi Director,Screenwriter
Aswad Score Composer
Denis Bovell Score Composer
Ray Corbett Production Manager
Raymond Day Asst. Director
Gavrik Losey Producer
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Ed Pise Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Savegar Art Director
Thomas Schwalm Editor
Martin Stellman Associate Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Babylon
1. Family Trouble [12:20]
2. Tune Exclusive [7:48]
3. Tannoy Number One [11:35]
4. Lion Killer [9:04]
5. Engagement Party [8:17]
6. Beefy's Beef [8:57]
7. Night Cruise [10:57]
8. Jah Rastafari [6:43]
9. Lion Rool, Shaka Fool [11:04]
10. Can't Tek No More [9:11]

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