A legendary reggae music film by Franco Rosso.
Babylon stands up today as a well crafted, convincingly acted, hard hitting piece of realistic drama. Babylon is a potent mix of music and social commentary. Franco Rosso’s incendiary drama about black Britain circa 1980 stars Aswad lead singer Brinsley Forde as Blue, the Ital Lion sound system MC who finds his lifestyle and culture under siege. Here, for the first time in British cinema, is a portrayal of British reggae culture and Rastafarianism at odds with the ‘multi-racist’ society and state.
Tom Pickard was born in Newcastle in 1946. His father was a railwayman. As the bulge babies grew up through what pass for schools in the North East Tom was moved to the lowest stream of a secondary modern school. Since he received so little encouragement in school it was not surprising that he left with his friends at the age of fourteen. ‘Work was very scarce, but I enjoyed the dole, it gave me time to read and learn to see things to understand people better than if I had been doped by work.’
Black Dwarf (1969)