Director: Stevan Riley
Year of Production: 2011
Total Running Time: 130 min
ABOUT THE FILM
They brought the world to its knees, and a nation to its feet.
Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history.
In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms.
This is their story, told in their own words.
Stevan’s film Blue Blood (2007) dramatically portrayed the historic boxing rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It premiered at the NY’s Tribeca Film Festival and was released in UK cinemas by Warner to widespread critical acclaim.
Blue Blood earned Stevan a nomination for Best Film at the Evening Standard Awards as well as Best British Newcomer at the London Critic’s Circle. (“”One of the best sports movies in recent memory”” Variety). Another of his films, Rave Against the Machine, uncovered the story of musical youth in war-torn Sarajevo. It was awarded at nine international festivals.