Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Fire in Babylon 2010

Directed by Stevan Riley

This doco about the West Indies’ late 70s ascension from happy-go-lucky ‘calypso cricketers’ to world beaters is such riotous fun you won’t need to know your googlies from your bouncers to get a big kick out of it.

UK In English
87 minutes



Charles Steel
John Battsek


Stuart Bentley


Peter Haddon


Viv Richards
Clive Lloyd
Michael Holding
Joel Garner
Desmond Haynes
Gordon Greenidge
Colin Croft
Deryck Murray
Hilary Beckles


London 2010; Tribeca 2011


Stevan Riley’s exuberant documentary is much more than just a cricket film... New interviews with players such as inspirational captain Clive Lloyd, fast bowler Michael Holding and the ice cool Viv Richards bring vintage test match footage to vibrant life. Unfolding as a classic underdog tale, Riley’s film places the narrative firmly within the civil rights movement and nascent reggae-powered Caribbean nationalism. Steeled by colonial oppression, Lloyd instilled an uncompromising attitude in his charges, subverting the old elite and leading the Windies to strike back in historic victories over England and Australia by the end of the decade. Though they did lose an acrimonious series in New Zealand in 1980 (not mentioned in this film, ahem), their 15- year unbeaten run remains unsurpassed. — MM