Currently in production is Hero, a feature docu-drama film inspired by the life of Trinidadian war hero, lawyer, and diplomat Ulric Cross.
Scheduled for release in 2014, the 75-minute feature takes place in the UK, the Caribbean and Africa, with a story that spans most of the major events of the 20th century, including Cross’ early years growing up in colonial Trinidad, his war years as a navigator with the elite Pathfinders Force of the RAF, his time as a Talks Producer with the BBC, his role as a key legal adviser to Heads of State in newly independent Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania, and his service as the T&T High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in the nineties.
The film’s director is British-born, Trinidadian filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, a former BBC Drama Producer and founder/CEO of the acclaimed CaribbeanTales Group of companies.
“Hero explores not just the life, but also the times that Ulric Cross was born into, and starred in,” Ms. Solomon states. “It highlights the often unsung heroism of many Trinbagonian and Diaspora nationals whose lives intersected with his, including George Padmore, CLR James, Henry Sylvester Williams, Learie Constantine, and Una Marsden. Ultimately, the film is about us, who we are as Caribbean people and as citizens of the world.”
The cast includes Nickolai Salcedo playing Ulric Cross, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Pippa Nixon, Jimmy Akingbola, Frazer James, Joseph Marcell, and Rudolph Walker.
Hero is produced by Hero Film Limited, and partners to date include Republic Bank T&T, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, BG T&T, Visual Arts and Production, and LIAT.
Production just wrapped on the UK-set portion of the film.