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Ulric Cross: shining a light on a man of many talents

03 October, 2019 — By Dan Carrier – Camden New Journal, UK

 

Nickolai Salcedo plays Ulric Cross in Hero

 

HERO – INSPIRED BY THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND TIMES OF MR ULRIC CROSS
Directed by Frances-Anne Soloman
Certificate 12a
☆☆☆☆

WAR hero.  A black man working as a senior BBC producer in the 1940s.  A lawyer diplomat, fighter for freedom and senior judge: the life of Ulric Cross contains so many different paths and careers, and so many achievements, it seems extraordinary that he could have squeezed them into just one life.

And it also feels extraordinary that his name is not more widely known, and that is why this film is so very welcome, and such a fascinating watch.

Part documentary, part drama, we are gently taken chronologically through a colossus of 20th-century political history.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1917, he was an excellent scholar. When the call came from the “mother country” to fight the Nazis he enlisted: he had read Mein Kampf and was utterly horrified by the disgusting world-view it promoted….  SEE LINK FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/ulric-cross-shining-a-light-on-a-man-of-many-talents

HERO starts its nationwide tour across the UK, Today, Oct 3, 2019.  See Site for cinemas and tickets: https://heroulriccross.com/

 

Nickolai Salcedo plays Ulric Cross in Hero (left), alongside UK stars Joseph Marcell (center) who plays CLR James and Fraser James (right) who plays George Padmore.

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