Babylon is a 1980 British drama film directed by Franco Rosso. Written by Franco Rosso and Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia), and shot by two-time Academy Award winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), Babylon is an incendiary portrait of racial tension and police brutality set in Brixton, London. The film, anchored by Dennis Bovellâ€™s propulsive score, is partly based on Bovellâ€™s false imprisonment for running a Jamaican sound system, Suffererâ€™s Hi Fi, in the mid-70s.
Produced by Gavrik Losey and the National Film Finance Corporation, the film is regarded as a classic.
Babylon received praise from critics both at its original 1980 release and 2019 U.S. release. Many praised its representation of Black youth life in South London during the Thatcher-era. Wesley Morris of The New York Times chose the film as a critic's pick, claiming the film "still feels newâ€¦ Youâ€™re looking at people who, in 1980 England, were, at last, being properly, seriously seen.â€ Hua Hsu of The New Yorker noted how "few films portray this moment in black British life quite like Franco Rossoâ€™s Babylon".
The film also received acclaim for its themes of racial violence and police brutality. Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times called the film "assertive and ebullient... alive as a movie can be". Jaya Saxena of GQ describes Blue's journey as "a story with literally epic stakes".
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