We are pleased to be able to share the conversation about Babylon from the event at Theatre Utopia in December 3rd 2015.
Despite the loud live music that was being played in the same building, the conversation was lively, and covered not just the film but also the issue of positive discrimination and the politics of race in cinema and society.
This week’s BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL featured a new British movie MY BROTHER THE DEVIL (Dir. Sally El Hosaini 2012). The film, on which Mamoun provided editing consultancy, is set in gangland London and stars fresh new actors James Floyd and Fady Elsayed as young British Arab brothers.
The story has struck a chord with young audiences world wide including those at the FILMS FROM THE SOUTH festival in Oslo, where Mamoun saw the film last week while visiting with ANDRES WOOD (Andres’ recent film VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN appeared at both festivals).
The relevant and controversial themes are reminiscent of the incendiary film BABYLON (1981 Dir. Franco Rosso) funded under Mamoun’s watch as the Managing Director of the National Film Finance Corporation, the UK’s government arm for investing in feature production and development.
We have just posted interviews with Mamoun that were published in Sight and Sound in 1979 & 1981.
Both interviews were by Penelope Houston the editor of Sight and Sound.
The interview in 1979 was conducted after Mamouns appointment to the NFFC (National Film Finance Corporation) and in 1981, revisiting what had happened after a change of government and huge changes in the industry.