London, UK, March 2019
The life and times of Trinidadian war hero, judge and diplomat, Ulric Cross, will be portrayed in a new film –HEROto be screened at the BFI Southbank, London on May 18, 2019.
The feature film, produced by former UK resident, Frances-Anne Solomon, has already received international acclaim at its screenings in Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.
The story told is of Cross, a trailblazer who made his mark on history as a Navigator of fighter planes in World War II. He became one of the RAF’s most decorated West Indian Airmen. He then went on to play a central role in the independence struggles of both Africa and the Caribbean.
“Ultimately, the story is about us. About who we are as Caribbean people and as citizens of the world,” says filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “In that spirit, we’re thrilled to be bringing HEROto the UK where much of the filming took place. It is particularly poignant that this year is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first major generation of Caribbean arrivals in Britain — on the Empire Windrush.”
Filmed across the UK, Trinidad, Ghana, and Canada, HEROfeatures a host of celebrated British actors including Joseph Marcellof Fresh Prince of Bel Air fame, playing the role of writer CLR James; Fraser James,of Terminator Salvation, playing the role of George Padmore and British-Nigerian actor Jimmy Akingbola,of BBC’s Holby, playing Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah.
Following its premier at the BFI, HERO will be taken across the UK in the lead up to the 75th Windrush celebrations in June.
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FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON (Biography): Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, curator and entrepreneur in film, TV, Radio and new media. Following a successful career as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer with the BBC in England, Frances-Anne launched the CaribbeanTales Media Group in Canada and Barbados, which includes Production, International Distribution, and Industry Training worldwide. Frances-Anne has just completed her latest feature film HERO- Inspired By The Extraordinary Life & Times Of Mr. Ulric Cross, which (while in development) won the Best Feature Pitch at Discop 2016.
About CaribbeanTales Media Group
CaribbeanTales (CTMG)is a group of media companies that produces, markets, and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for Regional and international distribution, including CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, CaribbeanTales Inc – a registered Charity in Canada. Activities include The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival now in its 14th year; the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI) a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers; Caribbeantales-TV a VOD streaming service for Caribbean films; and CaribbeanTalesFlix, their production arm.