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Monday, September 24, 2007

This week at SFC: Babylondon--three nights of Caribbean London filmmaking

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th September

StudioFilmClub is pleased to be part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and will be presenting Babylondon--three nights of Caribbean London filmmaking.

All are welcome. Admission is free.

Thursday (September 27th) will be Horace Ove night. Horace has selected the films for this evening. This is a unique chance to see some of Trinidad’s premier filmmaker's less widely screened films.

Friday night has more of a musical theme with films by Isaac Julien and Franco Rosso. Rosso’s Babylon is a classic that certainly needs revisiting. Also, Rosso’s early documentary on Linton Kwesi Johnson will be shown.

Saturday night brings us up to date with Kidulthood, a shocking portrayal of London youth. Written by one of its young stars, the film is influenced by City of God and Kids. After the screening Joel Karamath, filmmaker and senior Lecturer in Visual Culture and Theory at the University of the Arts, London will present a lecture: "The impact of Caribbean culture on the British mainstream and the evolution of a black British identity" followed by a short film programme.

Doors will open half an hour before screenings

Thursday September 27th

A Hole in Babylon (Horace Ové/UK/Trinidad/1979/70’) 7:00 pm

Three men rob a Knightsbridge Italian restaurant. But when the police are called and the robbery becomes a siege, the men find themselves in a situation out of their control.

The Equalizer (Horace Ové/ UK/Trinidad/1996/45’) 8:15 pm

Drama documentary telling the story of a young boy, Udham Singh who survived the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, in which British troops killed Indian civilian demonstrators. The boy vowed revenge and waited twenty years till all those responsible were together at Caxton Hall, London.

Playing Away (Horace Ové/UK/Trinidad/1986/100’) 9:15 pm

A West Indian cricket team from Brixton is invited to a country village for a match with the locals, who are celebrating "third world week". The West Indians, however, find their hosts less congenial than expected.

Friday September 28th

Dread, Beat an' Blood (Franco Rosso/UK/1978/45’) 8:00 pm

"Inglan is a bitch". That was dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's assessment of his adopted homeland in 1980. 22 years later the most English of institutions, Penguin Books has made this uncompromising writer only its second living poet ever to appear in their Modern Classics section. This is an early film about Linton Kwesi, Jamaican-born poet, writer and musician, and the Caribbean working class community from which his material is drawn. Made for the BBC, the film's public television screening was postponed until after the general election by the Thatcher government.

Territories (Isaac Julien/UK/1984/25’) 9:00 pm

A provocative and experimental documentary cutting Carnival scenes with archive news reports--police surveillance to rioting in the streets--and crossing looks of desire with alienation, from police to reveller, woman to man, man to man. Add to this a disembodied, political critique and trenchant images of police violence and the audience soon becomes aware that the documentary itself is part of the resistance. Notting Hill Carnival as an event about resistance.

Babylon (Franco Rosso/UK Italy/1980/95’) 9:30 pm

A young Rastafarian toaster (rapper) with Reggae Sound System Ital Lion, hopes to rise above the trials of his daily life and succeed at a sound system competition. Atmospherically shot by Chris Menges with a killer soundtrack by Dennis Bovell--the only ever "composed" dub reggae soundtrack. A rare treat for film and music lovers.

Saturday September 29th

Kidulthood (Menhaj Huda/2006/UK/87’) 7:00 pm

When a bullied schoolgirl commits suicide, her classmates are given the day off. What transpires in the next 24 hours is a snapshot of the perilous world that today's British teenagers inhabit.

Lecture: "The impact of Caribbean culture on the British mainstream and the evolution of a black British identity"
by Joel Karamath

8:45 pm

Joel Karamath is a filmmaker and senior Lecturer in Visual Culture and Theory at the University of the Arts, London. He was born in London of Trinidadian parentage. Joel also runs UNCUT, an independent film forum at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Short film programme after lecture

The West Indian Front Room (Joel Karamath/UK/2006/15’)

A short film exploring the Caribbean front room in Britain, the film contains interviews with Jazzie B and Stuart Hall amongst others.

Cold Dead Hands (Kaz Ove/UK/2006/12’)

Inspired the Nas track "I Gave You Power", the film addresses gun crime as the gun narrates three violent crimes.

Plus other shorts selected by Joel Karamath.


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