Catford Mews celebrates Black History Month with HERO screening


As part of a UK wide celebration of Black History Month, Catford Mews the new cultural community hub for South London, will host a screening of HERO and a special Q&A panel with the director, lead actor, Pempeople and Peter Ramrayka on Friday 25 October.

HERO tells you the untold story about Ulric Cross and the Caribbean professionals who helped to liberate Africa from colonialism; shining a light on an important chapter in Caribbean history, and on Caribbean identity itself. The film stars numerous talented actors including; Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City), Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Belair), Fraser James (Terminator: Dark Fate) and Trinidad’s Nickolai Salcedo as Ulric Cross.

The panel discussion will include Pempeople (People Empowering People’s), an non-profit organisation that promotes increased inclusion of BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, and Peter Ramrayka, a Royal Air Force veteran (1961 – 70) and Chairman of Indo-Caribbean Organisation, who together aim to increase, highlight and promote the achievements and successes of disadvantaged communities within society. The Q&A panel will also include HERO producer Frances-Anne Solomon, lead actor Nickolai Salcedo, plus some special guests who are yet to be announced. The Q&A will provide insight into effectively empowering communities to help themselves and discover their strengths.

Spearheading a revival of Catford Centre, Catford Mews is a 14,000 sq ft venue providing a multi-screen cinema, live entertainment space for music and comedy, pop-up food market with local traders, an eventually co-working areas and exhibition space. The cinema is the first multi-screen in Lewisham in almost 20 years and all programming is done in house in partnership with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), with extensive consultation with the local community to select films.