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Migration Museum Film Club presents: Babylon


Dec 7, 2017 - Dec 7, 2017


Migration Museum at The Workshop,
26 Lambeth High Street,
London, SE1 7AG


Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, this Thursday’s screening of Babylon (7 December 2017) is being postponed and will now take place in the new year.
We apologise to all those who have already bought tickets or who were hoping to do so in the next few days. We will be in touch with ticket holders about a refund and will notify you as soon as we have a replacement date.

Babylon is the second screening in the Migration Museum Film Club‘s programme of films at the Migration Museum at The Workshop.

A powerful film, made in 1980 with a largely black cast and shot on location in the streets of south-east London, this is an angry, joyful, visceral account, among other things, of the relationship between the younger black generation and the police, played out against a fantastic score courtesy of Dennis Bovell.

Ann Ogidi described it in BFI Online as ‘a potent mix of music and social commentary, flawlessly photographed and with an extraordinary “starry” cast, [which] presents a portrait of the young black community in London different from the tabloid stereotype. These black people are not muggers, rapists or chronic thieves. They are ordinary young black guys at the sharp end of inner-city survival with dreams and fears of ordinary young people in general.’

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain. Drinks and nibbles will be available in return for a donation.

Babylon (1980), dir. Franco Rosso (running time 95 minutes, certificate: 15)
With: Brinsley Forde, Karl Howman, Trevor Laird, Mel Smith
Music score: Dennis Bovell
Cinematography: Chris Menges

Other upcoming Migration Museum Film Club screenings:

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Wednesday 29 November, 7.00pm

Fire At Sea (2016)
Thursday 11 January 2018 TBC, 6.30pm

Stranger in Paradise (2016)
Thursday 18 January 2018 TBC, 6.30pm

Someone Else’s America (1996)
Thursday 1 February 2018 TBC, 6.30pm

Click here for more information on the Migration Museum Film Club and to view a full list of confirmed screenings.