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DJ Spoony presents: Babylon (15) with live DJ set and ScreenTalk with Brinsley Forde, Trevor Laird, Brian Bovell, Dennis Bovell and Beverley Michaels

Still image from Babylon

A seminal film which captured the changing sounds and youth culture of South London told through the experience of second generation of Caribbean migrants.

Babylon is both celebratory and cautionary, reflecting the excitement and vigour of the vibrant Soundsystem scene, whilst depicting the constant threat faced by Black youths from police and racist thugs. Featuring a stellar central performance from Brinsley Forde (noted for being the frontman of reggae group Aswad), Italian director Franco Rosso intimately captures the fabric of 1980s Deptford and Elephant & Castle, offering a priceless opportunity to take in the burgeoning Sound System subculture capturing the fashion, characters and mannerisms of those embedded in the local scene.

Introducing the screening, DJ Spoony and special guests are spinning classic reggae, while after the film a panel with Brinsley FordeTrevor Laird, Brian Bovell, Dennis Bovell and Beverley Michaels

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UK 1980 dir Franco Rosso 95 min

Event timings 

7:00 Music
7:30 Film
9:10 ScreenTalk with audience questions
10:00 Music

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