Fire in Babylon

Overview

The Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad are rarely treated as a united entity in either sports of politics, but they are in the game of Cricket, where players from these countries join forces to play on the West Indies team in Cricket's world cup tournament. For years, the West Indian team had a reputation for entertaining but not especially skillful play, but that changed in 1975, when team captain Clive Lloyd recruited a handful of world-class players, including Colin Croft, Joel ...
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Overview

The Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad are rarely treated as a united entity in either sports of politics, but they are in the game of Cricket, where players from these countries join forces to play on the West Indies team in Cricket's world cup tournament. For years, the West Indian team had a reputation for entertaining but not especially skillful play, but that changed in 1975, when team captain Clive Lloyd recruited a handful of world-class players, including Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts, and introduced a physically aggressive style of play that emphasized high-speed bowling. Suddenly the West Indian team was a force to be reckoned with, and at a time when racial strife in the UK and apartheid in South Africa were becoming issues of global importance, a team of black athletes came to dominate Cricket, making the team's championship status a major story in the news section as well as the sports pages. Filmmaker Stevan Riley tells the story of how the West Indies became the dominant force in Cricket in the 1970s in the documentary Fire In Babylon; featuring a score dominated by classic reggae, the film was an official selection at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.
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Special Features

An Interview with Director Stevan Riley and Producer John Battsek, presented by American Express
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • UPC: 767685253748
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Viv Richards Participant
Michael Holding Participant
Clive Lloyd Participant
Technical Credits
Stevan Riley Director, Screenwriter
John Battsek Producer
Stuart Bentley Cinematographer
George Chignell Co-producer
Ben Elliot Executive Producer
Ben Goldsmith Executive Producer
Peter Haddon Editor
Jessica Ludgrove Co-producer
Andrew Ruhemann Executive Producer
Charles Steel Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fire in Babylon
1. Introduction [2:15]
2. Fire in Babylon [1:39]
3. Jamaica, West Indies [5:57]
4. Nelson's Mento Band [8:17]
5. Self-Preservation [8:28]
6. Born to Bowl [3:58]
7. Colonial Masters [11:16]
8. Equal Rights [7:01]
9. Force of Change [14:11]
10. Inhumane Justice [5:19]
11. Outcasts of the Island [12:27]
12. Credits [2:44]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fire in Babylon
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      An Interview with Director Stevan Riley and Producer John Battsek
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