A docu-drama on National Hero, The Right Excellent Errol Barrow, has been creating quite a buzz since it premiered on November 26, quite fittingly, to coincide with the celebration of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence.
Described as one of the biggest movie premieres on the island since 1958, Barrow – Freedom Fighter, a Step-by-Step production by local filmmaker Marcia Weekes, tells the story of acclaimed father of Independence and first Prime Minister Errol Walton Barrow.
Barrow, a founder of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), served as Premier of Barbados from 1961 to 1966 and then Prime Minister from Independence on November 30, 1966, until 1976 and again from 1986 until his death in office on June 1, 1987. Governor-General Sir Elliott Belgrave headed a list of invitees who attended the premiere of the docu-drama which was also viewed by current Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and many other members of Cabinet.
The narration on the docu-drama was done by former U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder who has Barbadian roots. The lead role of Barrow is played by Adrian Holmes while Barrow’s wife is played by Lisa Arrindell Anderson. Both Holmes and Anderson are international actors.
Local talent is highly portrayed throughout the film. Many entertainers are featured including Red Plastic Bag, Mac Fingall, Blood, Ronnie Clarke, Adrian Green and more.
The docudrama was released to theatres on November 29 and has been attracting large audiences since then. Many schoolchildren have taken the opportunity during the final week of the current school term, to see the production which is a must-see production for all Barbadians with an avid interest in our history, especially covering the period leading up to and immediately after Independence.