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8 November 2012 (UK) See more »
Football, Fighting and Rock 'n' Roll
The story of London's toughest and poorest part as told through the eyes of its most iconic band. From... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tim Armstrong ... Singer
Garry Bushell ... Journalist and Former Manager
Cockney Rejects
Big Ron Cranfield ... Scrap Metal Dealer
Lars Frederiksen ... Singer
Jean Geggus ... Mother
Mick Geggus ... Guitarist
Stephen Harmer ... Friend and Roadie
Andrew Laing ... Drummer
Carlton Leach ... Author
Kevin Mitchell ... Boxer
Cass Pennant ... Author
Rancid ... Band
Vince Riordan ... Original Bassist
Jeff Turner ... Lead Singer
Tony Van Frater ... Bassist

Directed by
Richard England 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard England 
Mick Geggus 

Produced by
George Hencken .... associate producer
Karen Janody .... associate producer
Chris Johnson .... Producer's Representative/International Sales
Stephen Malit .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dave Edwards 
Micky Geggus 
Phill Zackarias 
Cinematography by
Steve Organ 
Film Editing by
Henry Stein 
Art Direction by
Tadeus Blower 
Production Management
Tom Cushing .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Dan Johnson .... sound editor
Billy Young .... sound
Visual Effects by
Andrew Daniel .... visual effects supervisor
Des Murray .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Warren .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Tom Cushing .... post-production manager
Andrew Daniel .... digital intermediate colourist
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Other crew
Ray Leek .... post production consultant

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101 min
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
You're a Bad Man!, 11 November 2014
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Cockney Rejects from the East End of London burst onto the scene during the second wave of British Punk. Their angry vocals and spitfire lyrics the perfect bedfellows for a disenchanted 1980s working class Britain. If they are worthy of a 90 minute plus feature length documentary is debatable, given that so many other movers and shakers of the time achieved much more and have equally squalid stories to tell.

East End Babylon sadly has many flaws. To pad the doc out to its running time the first half hour is given to a sort of getting to know how rough and tough the East End of London was, a sort of precursor as to why the Rejects were what they were. This is very interesting, but given the lack of Rejects footage from their heyday in the early 1980s that follows for the next hour of film, it comes off as over extended filler. Clearly director and co-writer Richard England has watched Julien Temple's superb The Filth and the Fury and taken notes. Corner cutting is a problem here. Those who know The Rejects story will be well aware of how their song The Greatest Cockney Rip Off was a sarcastic attack on Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69. This isn't mentioned, in fact the boys and Gary Bushell (journo/manager/tv guy) give Pursey some good publicity, and rightly so. But if the Rejects clan are now feeling sheepish about this then lets have it! These Punk docs are meant to be stripped down and revealing the truth.

Then there's the infamous Battle of Birmingham that forms a good portion of the piece. I swear every time I see or read anything about that night at The Cedar Club, the story has new strands. The Rejects boys were blighted by the fact they were tough and fearless, which meant that much like their peers from Sham 69, they had unsavoury elements attached to them. Thus live gigs were a problem, especially outside of The Smoke, The Cedar Club night has been turned into a story of Rorke's Drift proportions. The Rejects boys did indeed battle hard and stand as it were, they had to, they had nowhere else to go, but truth is is that if the dibble hadn't arrived then the headlines in the press the next day could well have been about deaths, as sad and bizarre as that may seem.

Musically it would have been nice for one of the boys to fess up to lifting Sex Pistol's axe-man Steve Jones' riff from Pretty Vacant for their awesome single, I'm Not a Fool. There's no shame in that, Jones himself lifted Paul Weller's riff from In the City for Holiday's in the Sun. Jonesy really couldn't give a flying fig, you just feel that much of the doc is straining to tell us how street hard the boys were/are, a bit more focus on the music - some reveals - would have been most welcome. Especially since Stinky and Micky have that splendid cockney wit in delivery. All things considered though, it's great that The Cockney Rejects have made a mark, an awesome Punk band who didn't take any crap from racists, plebeian politicians or otherwise. That there is still a market for them, that their standing in parts of Europe and the West Coast of America, is very high, is testament to their contribution to the essence of Punk Rock.

This doc channels much of its energy in the wrong areas, and skirts over key points in favour of machismo over music. A shame, but if this film gets more people to seek out their music then that can only be a good thing. These lairy cockney boys rock. Defo. 7/10

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