From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Babylon (1980, UK) is a Reggae-Cult Film directed by Franco Rosso


Main Details

  • Released in 1980
  • Color
  • Running time: 95 minutes
  • Production Co: Diversity Music
  • Distribution Co: Pan-Canadian Film Distributors (1981) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Franco Rosso
  • Produced by Gavrik Losey
  • Written by Franco Rosso, Martin Stellman
  • Starring: Brinsley Forde, Karl Howman, Trevor Laird
  • Music by Dennis Bovell
  • Cinematography Chris Menges
  • Edited by Thomas Schwalm

Plot Summary

  • Babylon follows the story of David, a working class musician and black man in South East London. By day he works as a mechanic, at night David is a Mic controller at a local dance hall. The film centers around the racial divide of London in the 80's, the lack of opportunities available to black people and poverty. David loses his job, gets beaten up and charged by the police, forcing him to go on the run. Then breaking up with his girlfriend, all of his frustrations culminate in the stabbing of a racist neighbor.
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