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"An astonishing film…a rousing, powerful portrait of a city" Time Out
LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON is legendary director Julien Temple’s (Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown. From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and, above all, ordinary people, this is the story of London’s immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever.
Reaching back to the dawn of film in London at the start of the 20th century, the story unfolds through film archives and voices of Londoners past and present, powered by the flow of popular music across the century—a stream of urban consciousness, like the river which flows through its heart. It ends in present day, as London prepares to welcome the world to the 2012 Olympics.
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary, British Independent Film Awards
Nominee, Best Documentary, European Film Awards
“…brilliant, exhaustive…a visually throbbing cine-quilt…”—The Guardian
“…a sensually rich and emotionally engaging experience”—Hollywood Reporter
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