Filming of “HERO” wraps in the UK: Plans to begin shooting in West Africa

HERO – a feature docudrama inspired by the life of Trinidad and Tobago war hero, judge and diplomat Ulric Cross, wrapped principal photography in the United Kingdom last week.

Nickolai Salcedo (Ulric Cross) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (Kofi Mensah) in a scene from HERO in the UK

Nickolai Salcedo (Ulric Cross) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (Kofi Mensah) in a scene from HERO in the UK

The movie, whose title sponsor is Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, will begin filming in Ghana, West Africa in May.

Eric Kofi Abrefa (Kofi Mensah) and Nickolai Salcedo (Ulric Cross) are RAF soldiers

Eric Kofi Abrefa (Kofi Mensah) and Nickolai Salcedo (Ulric Cross) are RAF soldiers

Upon completing the UK leg of production, Frances-Anne Solomon, the film’s director and producer said:

“I could not be more thrilled with the inspiring story and production that has been HERO in London. The acting, camerawork, and design, are all fresh and impressive. We had the privelege of working with some of the most outstanding established and up and coming actors in Britain, including: Joseph Marcell – (“Jeffrey” the from French Prince of Belair) who plays CLR James, Rudolph Walker – who plays Ras Makonnen, Jimmy Akingbola – as Kwame Nkrumah, and Fraser James – as George Padmore. I cannot wait to share this extraordinary film and story with audiences.”

Ulric Cross lived in England from 1941-57, and was a Navigator with the elite Pathfinders force of the Royal Air Force during World War 2. After the War he trained as a lawyer and worked as a Talks Producer with the BBC Caribbean Service, before being recruited by fellow Trinidadian, the great Socialist writer and journalist George Padmore to go to Ghana to help Kwame Nkrumah implement his vision of an independent United Africa. Padmore was one of the key architects of Pan Africanism, and was the mentor, advisor and friend of Ghana’s first president, as well as being that country’s first Foreign Minister.

(left - right) Nickolai Salcedo (Ulric Cross), Joseph Marcell (CLR James) and Fraser James (George Padmore)

(left – right) Nickolai Salcedo (Ulric Cross), Joseph Marcell (CLR James) and Fraser James (George Padmore)

Solomon said: “Ulric’s years in England were key, and it was essential for us to capture the vibrancy and excitement of post war Britain when future leaders of the Commonwealth – Africa, the Caribbean – met in London to plan their independence from colonial role. They could not know that within 15 years most of their countries would be independent, partly as a result of their efforts“.

Throughout the month of May, HERO will be shooting in Ghana. Scenes to be shot in Ghana will show Ulric’s 15 years in Africa, as Crown Council in Ghana, as Attorney General and Member of the Cabinet of Tribal Chiefs in Cameroon, and as High Court Judge in Tanzania and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.

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