Friday, August 10, 2012

Julien Temple's London Babylon flick - catch it (and Molly Parkin) on BBC2

I recently mentioned Julien Temple's homage-collage-documentary film of our Olympics metropolis, London - The Modern Babylon, which features many talking heads including that of permanent fiancee and Chelsea cheerleader, Molly Parkin. I now see that it will be shown on BBC2, August 11, 21:20-23:25: it'll soon be on iPlayer, too. The trailer can be viewed here.

Babylon (which was better titled 'BabyLon(Don')) zips you through the sundry manifestations of what passes for the city's street life and history, courtesy of the BFI archives, starting from about the 1890s to the present day, to the soundtrack of various pop and rock anthems. Secular hedonism is the primary organic motive in this celluloid gospel - and it may be correct. Reviewers generally adore the flick - I particularly like The Arts Desk's critique, here.

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