FIRE IN BABYLON (PG)

UK, 2010 (MIFF 2011, This Sporting Life)

Director: Stevan Riley

"My bat was my sword." - Vivian Richards

The West Indian cricket team of the early 70s was a joke to the rest of the world. Dubbed 'calypso cricketers', they were goaded by racist abuse and suffered a string of humiliating losses, until a new captain and a fierce determination saw them rise up to dominate the cricketing world for almost two decades.

Featuring a Bob Marley-infused soundtrack, gripping archival footage of the games (plenty of which feature the Australian teams of the 70s and 80s) and interviews with the key players, Fire in Babylon tells a story that transcends the realm of sport - describing events that would galvanise a new sense of pride and nationhood among the peoples of the Caribbean.

"Fire in Babylon reveals how the most powerful force in team sports is not physical ability, but a burning, almost religious faith in a common cause." - Telegraph

D/S Stevan Riley P Charles Steel, John Battsek Dist Madman Entertainment TD HD Cam/2010


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