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16th May 2011

Fire in Babylon – Out 20 May

FIRE IN BABYLON is released in cinemas across the UK on 20 May 2011.

Revolver Entertainment announces partnership with cricket charity for the cinema and DVD release of acclaimed film

Told from a West Indian perspective, in their own words, FIRE IN BABYLON celebrates the emancipation of a people through sport, whilst painting a fascinating picture of this extraordinary era of sporting dominance and its roots in politics, pride, anti-colonial fury and music.

West Indian cricket legends Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Colin Croft, all contribute to this inspiring and insightful  film. Richards sums up the team’s unprecedented success when he says, “No other team in any discipline, anywhere in the world, dominated their sport for 15 years.”    

Directed by Stevan Riley (Blue Blood), produced by Charles Steel (the BAFTA-winning The Last King of Scotland) and John Battsek (the Oscar-winning One Day In September), with Ben Goldsmith and Ben Elliot as executive producers, 

FIRE IN BABYLON brings all the passion and drama of the West Indies’ cricketing heyday to the big screen.

REVOLVER ENTERTAINMENT will raise funds and awareness for the Cricket Foundation charitable campaign, 
‘Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance’, which aims to educate two million children in Britain through cricket. Fundraising activity will take place across the FIRE IN BABYLON campaign, including a donation of £1 per DVD sold at cricket clubs and through cricket organisations nationwide.

Executive producer Ben Goldsmith comments: “All of us involved in the creation of Fire in Babylon are massive fans of Chance to Shine, which is working miracles in its mission to bring regular competitive cricket back to state schools around the UK. So we are all over the moon to have the opportunity to support Chance to Shine’s work both here and in the West Indies, where our support will go towards a feasibility study on the possibility of launching a similar programme of investment in children’s cricket there.’

Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation said, “Five years ago, cricket in state schools was in real danger of dying out in this country. Our Chance to Shine campaign has brought cricket to over a million children and helped to reignite the game in hundreds of schools. We’re excited to join forces with Revolver Entertainment on FIRE IN BABYLON and we hope this captivating cricket film will, like the great West Indies team it features, inspire the next generation of young cricketers.”

Revolver Entertainment’s CEO Justin Marciano comments:  ‘We’re delighted to be supporting Chance To Shine.  This  phenomenal film tells one off the greatest stories in the history of sport,  and by joining forces with Chance To Shine we hope to inspire a new generation of cricketers and further strengthen the grass roots game’