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Movie Review – Fire In Babylon

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At this year’s International Film Festival I got to see 27 films, over half of which were documentaries, and one of those films that stood out as a really fun but thought provoking film was ‘Fire in Babylon’. The story was about the West Indian cricket team that went from the fun, but terrible, team of ‘Calypso Cricketers’, which lost nearly every series, to becoming the all conquering and devastating team from the mid 70’s through to the mid 90’s. But, to say this was just a film about cricket, would be selling it short as it went a lot deeper than that.

“Fire in Babylon is a 2010 documentary film about the record-breaking West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 1980s. Featuring stock footage and interviews with several former players and officials, including Colin Croft, Jeff Dujon, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Tony Greig, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards and Andy Roberts, the film was written and directed by Stevan Riley and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary.”

This film, in fact, ended up being a lot more of an eye opener than I first thought it would be, as it touched on the political system of the times, racial divides, and the burgeoning professional area of cricket that was, in many ways, spearheaded by the emerging West Indian powerhouse. I love cricket, films and documentaries, so this film was made for me! It had an interesting side to it with the inclusion of cricket inspired local West Indian music throughout the film and they even had two songs performed straight to the camera, from start to finish, giving the film a very different feel than just a standard documentary. I must say though, that for people who aren’t into cricket, there may not be much here to keep them interested for too long.

8.5 out of 10 from me.

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