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 Bovell’s propulsive score, is partly based on Bovell’s false imprisonment for running a Jamaican sound system, Sufferer’s Hi Fi, in the mid-70s.
“A subcultural snapshot, a portrait of an underground musical scene, a time capsule for Thatcher’s Britain and a still timely cri de coeur, Babylon sent out shock waves from the moment it had its first public screening.” (Rolling Stone)
This is being screened as part of London Throughout the Decades from Genesis Cinema, a film season showcasing key London set films by black filmmakers.
£5.50, or free to Tower Hamlets residents
All Tower Hamlets residents can claim free tickets to the screening on the day, on a first come first serve basis. You may be asked to provide proof of address.
Supported by Tower Hamlets Council