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Film about Caribbean war hero to make UK premiere this May

CARIBBEAN WAR HERO: Nickolai Salcedo, centre, plays Ulric Cross (Image: Hero/Vimeo)

A FILM that pays tribute to a Second World War hero from the Caribbean will make its UK premiere in London this May.

Philip Louis Ulric Cross, known as Ulric, the subject of the film entitled Hero, was one of the Royal Air Force’s most decorated Caribbean airmen.

With the outbreak of the Second World War, Cross made the decision to leave Trinidad, where he worked on the railways, to train as a navigator with the RAF. He became an officer and was selected to join the elite Pathfinder Force, a group of personnel who were responsible for marking targets prior to bombing raids.

After a successful career in the RAF, which saw him rise through the ranks and receive the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Service Order, Cross became a lawyer, practising in Ghana and Tanzania, a high court judge in Trinidad and Trinidad and Tobago’s high commissioner to the UK. He also played a pivotal role in independence struggles across both Africa and the Caribbean.

He died aged 96 in October 2013.

Hero explores Cross’ life as well as the transformative times that he was born into.

“Ultimately, the film is about us, who we are as Caribbean people and as citizens of the world,” Frances-Anne Solomon, the director of Hero, said.

Solomon, who is Trinidadian and moved to Canada after spending time living in the UK, shot the film in Ghana, the UK and Trinidad and Tobago.

Joseph Marcell, best known for playing Jeffrey in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Fraser James and Jimmy Akingbola, John Dumelo, Peter Williams and Eric Kofi Abrefa all star.

The film premiered in Trinidad, Cross’ birthplace, at the Trinidad and Tobago film festival last year to rave reviews.

After its UK premiere, it will be screened across the country in the build up to celebrations of the anniversary of Windrush in June.

The screening will take place at BFI Southbank on Saturday May 18 at 2pm. For more information, click here.

Watch the trailer below

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