The story of a young man from Trinidad whose life is woven into the tapestry of history
Toronto, Ontario – Frances-Anne Solomon’s upcoming feature film, “Hero – Inspired By The Extraordinary Life & Times Of Mr. Ulric Cross,” has been chosen for a Special Preview Screening on the Opening Night of the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), September 5, 2018 in downtown Toronto.
CTFF is now in its fourteenth year. And the Festival’s Opening Night will feature a special preview screening of this tall Caribbean tale about a young man from Trinidad who, in 1941, leaves home to enlist in the Royal Air Force. Miraculously, he survives the bloody carnage of World War Two to become, arguably, the most decorated West Indian airman. Then his life takes another surprising turn and he finds himself at the centre of a remarkable historical moment. Cross’ long life spanned key events of the 20th century and included the independence struggles of Africa and the Caribbean.
The international cast includes top screen stars from the Caribbean, Great Britain, Ghana and Canada including Trinidad’s Nickolai Salcedo in the lead role of Ulric Cross, Peter Williams (Stargate SG1), Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Belair) and Ghana’s John Dumelo. The 100-minute feature film combines archive of the era with dramatizations inspired by Ulric Cross’ life, and it was filmed over three years on location in Ghana, Great Britain and Canada, as well as in Trinidad & Tobago.
The CaribbeanTales Film Festival HERO A Special Preview Screening
September 5, 2018
The Royal Theatre, 608 College St, Toronto
5.30pm: Opening Reception
7.00pm: Film Presentation: HERO – Inspired By The Extraordinary Life & Times Of Mr Ulric Cross
Tickets available now via eventbrite
From pioneers to trendsetters, CTFF’s Opening Night films this year are about the change-makers who stepped off the usual path and forged new ways for the rest of us.
“The story interweaves “reality” media (archive, interviews) with “artificial” media (dramatic re-creation). These artistic tools are vital in order to reclaim and retell Caribbean stories. Since “real” footage seldom exists, we must re-imagine the past. These appropriations of form are essential where conventional documentation is lacking. We must seek, through the new technology, to reclaim our authentic histories by any means necessary,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, the film’s Director and Producer. “Ultimately, the story is about us, about who we are as Caribbean people, and as citizens of the world.”
Those supporting the development of the film include Presenting Sponsor: Republic Bank, in association with Telefilm Canada, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, and Imagine Media International.