April 07, 2022 – (Toronto, ON) “HERO” the raw and inspirational story inspired by the life and times of Ulric Cross (Philip Louis Ulric Cross) is returning home. The Frances-Anne Solomon film made a triumphant & highly anticipated return to Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) with a Gala Red Carpet Screening, April 7, 2022 , that streamed live on the twin republic’s national station TT Live Online The never seen before “new Director’s Cut” version of “HERO” screened at Movie Towne in Port of Spain before opening in cinemas nationwide. The film is produced by CaribbeanTales Media Group and Imagine Media International Limited with support from Telefilm Canada.
Republic Bank Limited is “HERO’S T&T Gala Platinum and Presenting Sponsor, as part of their ‘Power to Make a Difference program.’ Republic Bank’s Manager, Nigel Baptiste says, “HERO” tells a story about an ordinary man enduring the pain of obstacles and finding the strength to persevere. Mr. Cross found the power within him, the power to succeed and champion his way through arduous times. This awe-inspiring movie acts as a blueprint on how we can use resilience to overcome life’s many challenges.”
“HERO” inspired by the remarkable and adventurous life of Ulric Cross, created a buzz in Hollywood when it opened the 2020 Pan African Film and Arts Festival, coming on the end of a successful 50-city tour of England, Scotland and Wales, with additional screenings in Durban, the US and Canada’s Bell TIFF Lightbox. “HERO” was picked up by Amazon Prime, Showtime, Showtime Online and Cineplex.com in Canada before heading to the Cannes Film Market. The demand kept coming, even as cinemas closed around the world & life for filmmakers drastically changed due to the pandemic. “HERO” will be making its Netflix debut this Spring.
“We had to switch gears immediately to the virtual space and build on the momentum that existed. Everyone wanted the film. I felt so pleased to see the reaction of people from all walks of life around the world.”
“HERO’s worldwide appeal comes from a wide cross-section of society, those committed to social change, the academic and the adventurer, the embodiment of Ulric Cross, a true hero. A story of love, loss, rejection, and redemption, laid out meticulously by Frances-Anne Solomon. By the brilliant use of archival footage mixed with shot drama, Frances-Anne tells Cross’s story with authenticity and dignity. This film celebrates resilience, so appropriate for this time. Fans have been waiting, calling, and messaging, when is “HERO” returning?” … Executive Producer, Lisa Wickham.
HERO was filmed in Canada, Ghana, the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago. It was brought to life through an international cast that includes, Trinidad’s Nickolai Salcedo in the lead role of Ulric Cross, Peter Williams (Stargate SG1), British actor Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Jimmy Akingbola (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reboot) and Ghanaian stars John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang and Prince David Oseia
Financial support for “HERO” came from ordinary individuals committed to this inspirational story, as well as agencies such as Telefilm Canada, The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Canada Council of the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Sports and Culture Fund, FilmTT, National Gas Company, NLCB and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority.