Film Review: Fire in Babylon

Director: Stevan Riley

Starring: Viv Richards, Colin Croft, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Deryck Murray, Michael Holding and Gordon Greenidge.

Fire In Babylon is a documentary, directed by Stevan Riley, which consists of stock footage and interviews of the legends of West Indian cricket. The legends that dominated all International cricket for the best part of 20 years. The legends that were not born legends, yes… those legends.

Waddling through the 1970’s,through the racism, the rough, but sprinting, true West Indian style, through the great success’s of the next 20-30 years. The shear number of clips from this era is immense, famous to unseen.  The sporting footage in this documentary is just the half of it. The interviews contained so much insight into what it was like going through the immense rollercoaster of power the West Indians went through.

Covering the infamous Kerry Packer, Tony Grieg and the Racism Row, Fire In Babylon is completed by the interviewing of the opponents. Seeing how and hearing how Sir Ian Botham, Tony Grieg and co felt about being thrown into face the dark horse of the cricketing world. Then hearing what they had to say after being beaten 4-0 at home…

The editing of the footage of the interviews and the stock footage was smooth. Although this wasn’t the biggest blockbuster of the year, it is one of it’s kind and a great stepping stone for children and kids who want to get into cricket.

2 thoughts on “Film Review: Fire in Babylon”

  1. Henry, you have set out the review very clearly, also it follows a good structure. Your review consist of the main facts/points in the documentary, most importantly you’ve not gone into much detail of the storyline, which is what a review is meant to do.
    Finally, what you could improve on is not basing your review on the whole film.

  2. Hello Henry,

    I haven’t watched (m)any sports documentaries, but I found your review easy to read and understandable. It flows well – this is a good thing.

    I think Moniem’s views are valid and I also believe your strongest paragraph is your conclusion. This is because your passion for Cricket stands out here. Is there a way that you could develop this throughout?

    revise your use of apostrophes – they should not be used to denote plurals.
    Look for mechanical errors in your sentence structures – have you used too many words? Are there words missing? How can you make your meaning clearer?


    Mr North