Highly evocative of the London of late 70s with its raw city landscapes paced by soundmen, the films nighttime deep blues and blocks of shadow are fundamental in hiking up the tension as the story of the character ‘Blue’ unfolds. The film is almost documentary in following the racist tribulations of Brinsley fordes Blue (Aswads singer in real life) and as a true representation of soundsystem culture in the era of intense police pressure and Conservative rule, this drama remains an important cultural reference. A review of Babylon by the esteemed commentator Stuart Home is in the latest issue of Woofah magazine (a fantastic publication on Reggae Dubstep and Grime), and it references the directors previous work on the politico/reggae heavy works by Horace Ove. This is well worth reading, as is the Dvd insert notes.
If the Cheebah Boathouse gigs were the first experience of soundsystem culture for any Limerick readers out there I recommend you check Babylon on this Italian (Raro Video) reissue Dvd.