Friday, March 15 - Thursday, March 21, 2019

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” (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). 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.


You’ve seen The Harder They Come, maybe you’ve seen Rockers, but you’ve never seen anything like BABYLON.

Critic’s Pick! “Something that still feels new.” – Wesley Morris, New York Times

“Invaluable. Spills over with killer reggae.” – Hollywood Reporter

  • Country UK
  • Year 1980
  • Running Time 95 minutes
  • Distributor Kino Lorber
  • Director Franco Rosso
  • Writer Franco Rosso, Martin Stellman

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