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July 17, 2011

Fire In Babylon

fire in babylon

Director: Stevan Riley
2011, UK
Documentary feature 87 minutes


From the late 1970s right through the 1980s, the West Indies cricket team did not lose a single Test series—and thus became one of the greatest teams in sporting history. This is the electrifying story of how they did it, in their own words. During a politically and socially turbulent era, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and the players they led combined skill, discipline and a fearless spirit to dominate the game on their own terms. In the process they struck a blow at the forces of prejudice worldwide, and lifted the pride of a region.

About the director


A graduate of Oxford University, Stevan Riley worked in advertising before becoming a documentary filmmaker. His first film, Rave Against the Machine (2002), tells the story of a group of musicians during the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, while his second, Blue Blood (2006), follows the fortunes of five Oxford students who join the university’s boxing club.




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  1. Rehana

    Saw this a few weeks ago. A brilliant showcase of the history of West Indies cricket!

  2. Jonathan

    Rehana, we hope you’ll see it again, on the big screen at the festival—the director will be here!

  3. Barbara Lee Chong

    Hello I am very interested in purchasing a copy of this Documentary can you give any info on how I can get this.

  4. C.Prescod

    Loved this film. The only weakness I saw was that David Rudder wasn’t interviewed. It’s a shame because if there is one West Indian who chronicled the rise and fall of WIndies cricket, it’s him.

  5. Vin

    Will the director be at any of the screenings?

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