Film3 NZ Film Festival diary: 28 July, 20111 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
There’s only a few days left in the Auckland leg of the 2011 NZ Film Festival and the Film3 team has been cramming in as many sessions as possible.
Here are our latest reviews:
Fire in Babylon
“They say after humiliation is riches, power, and blessing – eternally forever” – Bunny Wailer from Bob Marley and the Wailers
In 1975 a buoyant West Indies team toured Australia. Fresh from an unexpected World Cup win, a team patronisingly dubbed as a bunch of “Calypso” cricketers were subjected to intense racial abuse and even more intense bodyline bowling. The thoughtful, sloped-shouldered Clive Lloyd’s team went down 5-1 – a humiliating loss for a region whose political identity was being defined by sporting and musical excellence.
But this was no ordinary team, the humiliation was turned into a determination to succeed that led to the longest winning streak by any top level sports team. Lloyd assembled a crack team of fast bowlers – Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Colin Croft would inspire fear in the heart of the most obdurate batsman. The dominance of these bowlers added to the batting brilliance of players like Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Lloyd himself meant the West Indies were not beaten in a test series between the years of 1980 and 1995.