The hit biopic ‘HERO’, inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Trinidadian war hero, Ulric Cross, and produced and directed by Frances-Anne Solomon, received a rapturous reception at its sell-out UK premiere at the BFI Southbank Center on 18th May.
MP Dianne Abbott described it as “a revelation” and said that she’d learned so much more about the work Ulric Cross did, especially in Africa.
“Feedback keeps on coming with people enjoying both the political commitment but also the accessibility of story telling.” said David Somerset, BFI Programmer, African Odysseys. “It was an incredible experience to see the audience so engaged for the film and discussion. Its an achievement to have made such a creative film and one of such historical depth but at the same time, a moving insight into the man himself. ”
“A beautifully crafted feature which delivers drama and emotion while telling the story of a man – and through his life – the important historical era that was at the heart of the Pan African dream. Very rarely has a film spelt out the role of Caribbean intellectuals in helping to shape the anti-colonial struggle on the African continent so eloquently. Good writing, direction, acting and intricate editing of rich archive intercut with live acting, are all combined in this film.” writes June Givanni, International Film Programmer.
HERO opens in the UK at Picture House Ritzy, Brixton on 22nd June 2019 with a limited run across London cinemas, followed by a nationwide tour.