Franco Rosso (29 August 1941–9 December 2016)

Dread Beat an' Blood, dvd sleeve

I was very sorry to hear of the death of film director Franco Rosso, via this Guardian obituary; condolences to his friends and family.

Best known for directing the British feature film Babylon, Rosso also directed an indispensable documentary on poet Linton Kwesi Johnson for the Arts Council (then the Arts Council of Great Britain, now Arts Council England).

I am lucky enough to have a copy of the film on a Japanese DVD, but it is (or was) also bundled as a DVD extra on SOME editions of Babylon, however I think these are mainly out of print.

Thus I was delighted to discover that the film is now available to view in the UK on the BFI player (for a nominal charge of £1).

It is a great film—and one that I frequently refer to—which captures LKJ at a transformational moment in his life and work.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Here is a short extract released by the BFI.