The film Babylon looks at London’s early ’80s sound-system scene
Great interview with writer and associate producer Martin Stellman which includes some background to the film which was new to me including an alternative unused ending! Also this rather lovely contact sheet:
The interview is from a few year back and is by Seb Carayol to accompany an exhibition. I’m a big fan of Seb’s writing that accompanies his labour of love reissue label Reel-Heavy music.
“Babylon represents the first time in UK cinema where British reggae culture and Rastafarianism were explored in a non-documentary. Director Rosso was raised in South London himself and knew exactly where to find visually arresting backdrops of urban decay in Brixton and Deptford.”
Dangerous Minds | Reggae Britannia: Cult classic ‘Babylon’ deals pure wickedness.
A nice brief piece by Andrew Stevens at ace literary magazine 3AM about the importance of Babylon.
Interesting review article over at the Electric Sheep site.
Thanks to Pinners for pointing this out.
Babylon was featured on BBC Radio 4’s flagship “Today Programme” this morning. Franco Rosso and Trevor Laird were interviewed and there were a good few snippets from the film including “Shaka gonna beat you Beefy – Shaka RULE!” which was pretty mad to hear while I was still in my dressing gown.
Also interviewed was Dr William “Lez” Henry (aka Lez Lyrix).
The subjects covered were quite uncompromising with Laird and Rosso speaking about police violence and the sus laws whilst Dr Henry dealt with the National Front and the fact that black youth today are mostly fighting with other black youth rather than being the victims of racist violence.
You can listen to an mp3 here:
Thanks again to Dave Home!
Babylon was reviewed in the Guardian Guide recently.
Scan of the printed version.