Feature Programs

London: The Modern Babylon

Sunday, May 18th at 9 p.m. ET/10 PT

London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown.

It's a heart-warming, superbly edited documentary that combines music, archive footage, clips from old feature films and new interviews to create a vivid portrait of a changing London. 

Its collage technique, humanism and sympathy for ordinary people has much in common with the vision of Britain created by Danny Boyle's team for the opening of the Olympics, both evoking the spirit of the great Humphrey Jennings. 

It ranges in time from the last days of Victorian England to the present and takes in the Sidney Street siege, the Battle of Cable Street, the impact of two world wars, the Depression, postwar austerity, coronations, the arrival of new immigrants and the 2011 riots.