Stevan Riley's documentary picks up with the West Indian cricket team of the mid-'70s. Smashed by Australia and with morale shot to pieces, new captain Clive Lloyd vows to back. Cue a new pace bowling attack designed to fight fire with fire.
If ‘Big Bird’ and ‘Whispering Death’ sound like characters in the scariest kids’ show ever made, they’re the stars of an enthralling doc about the rise of West Indies cricket. The pair, Joel Garner and Michael Holding, were part of a fast bowling attack that terrified in the flesh too. Stevan Riley makes good use of archive footage to show the team growing into true greatness. The ‘Babylon’ element is thoughtfully portrayed too, with political emancipation, reggae and Caribbean culture lending a potent backdrop for the action at the wicket. The thread between sport and politics is tugged a little hard, but there’s plenty to enjoy for fans of well-crafted documentaries, sport and Aussies in silly hats.
A treat for cricket fans who'll thrill to this nostalgic look back at one of sport's greatest teams.
Reviewed by Phil de Semlyen