Reggae + Reggae in Babylon

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Uptown Rockers
Reggae Film Festival
Documentary Double

Reggae
Rarely seen and never released on DVD or VHS, British film maker and writer Horace Ove’s Reggae was the first documentary to capture the early days of reggae’s UK invasion and its growing popularity outside of Jamaica. In this mix of performances filmed at Wembley Arena in 1970 combined with footage shot in the West Indies and interviews providing social and political context, we are introduced to reggae as an art form that transcends music and becomes an articulation of a complex culture and a powerful medium for change. Featuring performances from the Pyramids, Pioneers, John Holt, The Heptones, Bob & Marcia, Laurel Aitken, Desmond Dekker.

Reggae in Babylon
In the late 1970’s the young, gifted and black generation of Thatcher’s Britain fused the Revolutionary zeal of Punk with their Rastafarian roots to create a new sound system that defined their struggle. Reggae was the saviour in their modern ‘Babylon’ and this acclaimed film charts the birth of urban British Reggae.

Followed by a Q&A with director Wolfgang Blud

Part of the Uptown Rockers Reggae Festival.

BBFC rating
U
Year
1971 + 1978
Running time
110 mins
Other features
DOC
Director
Horace Ove + Wolfgang Büld

Book tickets

September 18th