HERO is a film inspired by the remarkable life and times of Trinidadian war hero, judge and diplomat Ulric Cross. He was recognised as the most decorated West Indian Pilot of WWII and had a remarkable influence in the fight for liberation across Africa. The film spans the dynamic and transformative times in which he lived, about the Caribbeans who helped to liberate Africa from Colonialism. “The film resonates with audiences around the world. From his career in the Royal Air Force, to his time as a lawyer and judge working behind the scenes in the independence movements of Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania, Ulric’s life blazed a trail that inspires us all,” says the director, Frances-Anne Solomon.
Filmed across the UK, Trinidad, Ghana and Canada, Hero features an international cast of celebrated black actors including Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo, in the lead role of Ulric Cross, alongside UK stars Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Fraser James (Resident Evil), Pippa Nixon (John Carter), Canada’s Peter Williams (Stargate SG1), and Ghanaian superstars John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang and Prince David Oseia.
“It was an honour to play the role of Ulric Cross, who was a giant. It was a transformative experience for me as it opened my eyes to the global role that people like Ulric and others played on the world stage,” says Salcedo about his character.
The director say of her film, Hero:“Ultimately, the story is about us. About who we are as African people, and as citizens of the world.”
The film’s Pan-African theme is befitting its return to South Africa as it takes its rightful place at the Joburg Film Festival, which kicks off its six-day celebration of 60 films from across the globe on November 19. The screenings at: Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Ster-Kinekor in Sandton City, Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank, Maboneng’s Bioscope, and Kings Theatre in Alexandra.
Tickets for the 23 November screening are free and will be given on a first come first basis, 48, 2nd Ave Alexandra, cnr Hofmeyer Street / Richard Baloyi Street.
HERO screening followed by a Q&A Thursday, November 21, at 20Hoo Theatre On The Square, Nelson Mandela Square (limited seating)