TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway 2020 and The Dock present in association with exhibition Threads, Austin Ivers
Film Screening of Babylon & talk with Dr Kieran Cashell
Dr. Kieran Cashell lectures in Critical and Contextual Studies in Limerick School of Art and Design and is author of Aftershock: The Ethics of Contemporary Transgressive Art (I. B. Tauris: 2009).
The 1980 cult classic U.K. Babylon was filmed on the streets of Deptford and Brixton, London. The story centres on sound system culture and themes of police racism, violence against blacks, poverty and disillusion with lack of opportunities. Babylon premiered at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the US for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension,” journalist Vivien Goldman said. Franco Rosso’s incendiary 1980 film follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling against the racism and xenophobia of employers, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) with beautiful, smoky cinematography by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), Babylon is fearless and unsentimental, tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall and set to a blistering reggae, dub, and lovers rock soundtrack anchored by Dennis Bovell.
“REMARKABLE…its hard edge is undeniable…never lets go for a moment. Babylon was the first British non-documentary to centre on reggae...a unique musical time capsule.”— The Guardian
“One of the best British made films for years… It begs no sympathy, imports no glamour, but transfers to the screen with powerful rough-edged vigor a picture that has never really been seen before.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“MUST be seen.” —NME
Duration 1h 35mins, Ages 18+
Booking in advance is advised