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Seen Kevin Macdonald's Marley biopic? Here's more reggae on celluloid

From Kingston to Lewisham, here are five other must-see reggae movies

The Harder They Come (Dir. Perry Henzell, Jamaica, 1972)

Jamaica's first feature, and the one against which others are measured. The plot – poor country boy seeks fortune in city – is archetypal, but Henzell cleverly turns our admiration for hero Ivan (Jimmy Cliff in incendiary form) into revulsion, as the film shifts through melodrama, comedy and musical into tragedy. Immortal movie moments – "You think the hero can be dead before the last reel?" scoffs Ivan at one point – and a stunning soundtrack led by Cliff's title song make this a five-star classic.

Rockers (Dir. Ted Bafaloukos, Jamaica, 1979)

A "Dreadsploitation" flick that's now a vibrant time capsule of reggae's halcyon days. Drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace plays a hapless muso caught up in Kingston's music wars. The plot's paper thin, but there's a gallery of great cameo appearances – Jacob Miller and Gregory Isaacs
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Tonight's TV highlights: Father Ray Comes Out | Hustle | Embarrassing Bodies | Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Harvest Of Sorrow | Reggae Britannia; Reggae Britannia At The Barbican | True Blood

Father Ray Comes Out | Hustle | Embarrassing Bodies | Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Harvest Of Sorrow | Reggae Britannia; Reggae Britannia At The Barbican | True Blood

Father Ray Comes Out

7.30pm, Channel 4

At the age of 60, Father Ray Andrews of the central London parish of St George has decided to disclose to his congregation that he is gay. We follow his progress for the four weeks leading up to the fateful sermon. How will the sleepy-looking parishioners take the news? Conscious that both the church and his own family would have rejected him had they known of his homosexuality earlier, Ray admits to feeling "very alone" and agonises about "alienating" churchgoers. However, it's hard not to feel that it is him who is far too good for the church, not the other way round. DS

Hustle

9pm, BBC1

Things get personal for Ash tonight when he discovers that his local football team has gone bust.
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Babylon - Trailer

Trailer and clips for Babylon, directed by Franco Rosso (Dread Beat an' Blood), co-written (with Rosso) by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia; Defence Of The Realm; For Queen And Country), photographed by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges (The Mission; The Killing Fields) and starring celebrated reggae star and Aswad frontman Brinsley Forde (Here Come The Double Deckers), Karl Howman (Brush Strokes; Mulberry) and Trevor Laird (Doctor Who; Quadrophenia).

The film is available on DVD from Italian distributor Raro Video and UK based Icon Home Entertainment.

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tags: cult film, reggae
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1980's Cult Classic Babylon Comes To UK DVD

One of the most highly regarded cult British films of the 1980s, Babylon comes to DVD for the first time ever in the UK this October courtesy of Icon Home Entertainment, boasting fully restored and remastered image and audio (personally overseen by Chris Menges) plus Audio Commentaries, Interviews and feature on the restoration.

Directed by Franco Rosso (Dread Beat an' Blood), co-written (with Rosso) by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia; Defence Of The Realm; For Queen And Country), photographed by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges (The Mission; The Killing Fields) and starring celebrated reggae star and Aswad frontman Brinsley Forde (Here Come The Double Deckers), Karl Howman (Brush Strokes; Mulberry) and Trevor Laird (Doctor Who; Quadrophenia), Babylon is a raw and incendiary film employing an effective mix of music and social commentary to recount the everyday experiences of a small group of working class black youths living in South London in the early 1980s.
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