“Errol Barrow: Freedom Fighter,” a full-length feature film on the life of the former prime minister of Barbados who led his country to political independence in 1966, will have its world premiere at the Innis Town Hall cinema, University of Toronto, on November 12.
This docudrama stars Adrian Holmes, a Canadian of Barbadian heritage, and is narrated by Eric Holder, the former Attorney General of the United States. It is directed by Marcia Weekes, a Jamaican residing in Barbados, who has written and directed more than five films including “Chrissy,“ and “Vigilante-The Crossing” which screened in Canada, the United States, England, Barbados, and at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
This Step by Step Productions film, shot in Barbados, is the first full length docudrama on a Caribbean prime minister. Some of the actors in the film are Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Stedson Wiltshire a.k.a. Red Plastic Bag, Mac Fingall, Andy Armstrong, Ronnie Morris, Ronnie Clarke, Tony Thompson, and Adrian Greene. Post production work was completed by Spence-Thomas Audio Post in Toronto.
“During the filming process, I was very happy that the actors were able to bring the characters to life in their delivery as they allowed the script to live and breathe. They were masterful conduits of the film’s message,” said Mrs. Weekes.
Errol ” Dipper” Barrow founded the Democratic Labour Party in Barbados and became its leader in 1958. He served as premier of Barbados from 1961 to 1966 when, after leading the country to Independence from Britain, he became prime minister.