Digicel, proud sponsor of West Indies Cricket, last night hosted an enthusiastic crowd of invited guests and members of the public at the St. Lucia premiere of “Fire in Babylon”.

{FILE IMAGE COURTESY - Brooks La Touche Photography and} The Digicel Series 2011 kicks off on Thursday April 21st when the West Indies Cricket team take on Pakistan in the Beausejour Cricket Grounds in St. Lucia. The Pakistan tour will then visit Barbados and Guyana before finishing up in Dominica on May 24th.

From award-winning producers Charles Steel and John Battsek, “Fire in Babylon” tells the remarkable and compelling story of how the West Indies cricket team triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Coming on the eve of the start of the Digicel Series 2011, the event drew an A-list of guests that included the members of both the West Indies and Pakistan teams, the St. Lucian Cricket Board and local and international media. The series officially kicks off on Thursday 21st April with a Twenty/20 match.

Captain of the West Indies cricket team, Darren Sammy, was moved by the film. “It was brilliant and so inspirational,” said Sammy. “For anyone who sees this movie as a West Indian, it will bring back a sense of pride that we all have from the legacy of our cricket.”

With Caribbean flair, fearless spirit and a thumping reggae beat, they hijacked the genteel game of the privileged elite and replayed it on their own terms. Directed by Stevan Riley (Blue Blood), produced by Charles Steel (the BAFTA-winning The Last King of Scotland), and John Battsek (the Oscar-winning “One Day In September”), with Ben Goldsmith and Ben Elliot as executive producers, “Fire In Babylon” boasts dynamic archive and classic music by the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gregory Issacs and Burning Spear.

Digicel is hosting a premiere of “Fire in Babylon” in each host country during the Digicel Series 2011 as part of their mission to find new and exciting ways to bring the full experience and excitement of the game to everyone. As proud sponsors of West Indies cricket since 2004, the company sees “Fire in Babylon” as a unique way to help to grow the West Indies cricket fan base, motivate players and fans alike, and revive the passion for the game.

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