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SPOTLIGHT

FIRE IN BABYLON

Directed by Stevan Riley
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 82 Minutes
FILM GUIDE FIRE IN BABYLON

The West Indies cricket team has reigned supreme longer than any team in history. Against the national liberation and Black Power movements of the '70s and '80s, extraordinary individuals with radical consciousness converged on the field to form the legendary team that transformed cricket. For a new generation of Caribbean people, cricket was more than just a game. Led by visionary captain Clive Lloyd, they set out to subvert the elitist, colonial values embodied by cricket with fearless spirit, remarkable catches, unparalleled endurance, and lightening-speed bowls. Intense training yielded the most physically powerful players the game had ever seen—immediately outmoding the days of potbellied cricketers. Despite the media's initial representation of the West Indies team as brutal "terrorists," game after game of innovative plays and buoyant energy eventually meant even the opposing teams couldn't contain their exuberance over a West Indies victory.

Punctuating the doc throughout with stylized reggae performances, Tribeca alum and award-winning director Stevan Riley (Blue Blood, TFF '07) charts an untold epic in sporting history through insightful interviews with former teammates and detailed commentary on adrenaline-packed matches.

Sports, Documentary
About the Director(s)

STEVAN RILEY premiered his boxing film Blue Blood at Tribeca in 2007. It was released in the UK to widespread critical acclaim, earning a nomination for Best Film at the Evening Standard Awards as well as Best British Newcomer at the London Critic's Circle. His film Rave Against the Machine won awards at nine international film festivals.

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Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    82 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Executive Producers:
    Ben Goldsmith, Ben Elliot, Andrew Ruhemann
  • Director:
    Stevan Riley
  • Director of Photography:
    Stuart Bentley
  • Producers:
    Charles Steel, John Battsek
  • Co-Producer:
    George Chignell
  • Motion Graphics:
    Allison Moore
  • Editor:
    Peter Haddon

Contacts
  • Print Return
    Serena Catapano
    Passion Pictures
    London, W1T 1JN
    Phone: +44 207 323 9933
    serena@passion-pictures.com
  • Press Contact
    Mia Bays
    Missing in Action Films
    London, Britain E16JW
    Phone: +44 208 123 4617
    info@miafilms.co.uk
  • Director's Agent
    Natasha Galloway
    United Agents
    London, W1F0LE
    Phone: +44 203 214 0800
  • Producer
    John Battsek
    Passion Pictures
    London, W1T 1JN
    Phone: +44 207 323 9933
    john@passion-pictures.com
  • Director's Agent
    Natasha Galloway
    United Agents
    London, W1F0LE
    Phone: +44 203 214 0800
  • Press Contact
    Mia Bays
    Missing in Action Films
    London, Britain E16JW
    Phone: +44 208 123 4617
    info@miafilms.co.uk
  • Director
    Stevan Riley
    WIB Productions
    London, Surre W1T 1JN
    Phone: +44 207 323 9933
    backchat@gmail.com
  • Producer
    John Battsek
    Passion Pictures
    London, W1T 1JN
    Phone: +44 207 323 9933
    john@passion-pictures.com
  • Director
    Stevan Riley
    WIB Productions
    London, Surre W1T 1JN
    Phone: +44 207 323 9933
    backchat@gmail.com
  • Print Source
    George Chignell
    Passion Pictures
    London, W1T 1JN
    Phone: +442073239933
    george@passion-pictures.com
  • Print Return
    Serena Catapano
    Passion Pictures
    London, W1T 1JN
    Phone: +44 207 323 9933
    serena@passion-pictures.com
  • Print Source
    George Chignell
    Passion Pictures
    London, W1T 1JN
    Phone: +442073239933
    george@passion-pictures.com

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