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London: The Modern Babylon review

A multi-cultural view of London

Julien Temple’s vibrant doc is the stuff of BNP nightmares.

Roaming across the last century of London’s history, it celebrates immigrants transforming the capital into a multi-cultural melting pot where over 40 per cent of residents were born outside Britain.

Drawing on a wealth of archival material, Temple doesn’t ignore the deprivations endured by the Capital’s poorer residents, those in the East End especially.

As Suggs from Madness points out, “There were no good old days”, and you’re left marvelling at London’s capacity for renewal and reinvention.

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