FilmTT Congratulates Actor Michael Cherrie on His Role in Netflix’s Film ‘Shirley’

March 20th, 2024

FilmTT Congratulates Actor Michael Cherrie on His Role in Netflix's Film 'Shirley'

The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT) extends warm congratulations to Trinbagonian actor Michael Cherrie for his upcoming role in the Netflix film ‘Shirley’. Cherrie’s talent and dedication have not only brought pride to our nation but have also showcased the immense potential of our local film industry on the global stage.

‘Shirley’, a Netflix original film, is set to premiere on March 22 and tells the story of the first Black congresswoman, political icon Shirley Chisholm, and her trailblazing run for president. It chronicles her audacious, boundary-breaking 1972 presidential campaign. Michael Cherrie will be appearing alongside Hollywood titans such as the Oscar winning Regina King, Terrance Howard, the late Lance Reddick and many more.

“I am absolutely thrilled for the release of the Netflix historical biopic “Shirley” which has been a 10-plus year labour of love for its shining star and producer, Regina King!” stated Cherrie. “This is an important piece of historical storytelling told through cinema that promises to entertain, educate and inspire. It is a story of possibility and “faith in the fight” to the very end! Shirley Chisholm’s work and campaign for the Democratic nomination of the 1972 Presidential elections opened the political door to women and people of colour in the United States. It was such an honour to be invited to work on this.”. He also thanked many persons, including his film, television and theatre colleagues – both here and abroad and his family for all their support – especially his courageous mother, Monica Cherrie!

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“And most importantly, I thank my managers – Simon Baptiste, Carolyn Pasea-Pogson and Dayana Echegaray of Question Mark Entertainment and the ODOS (One Degree of Separation) family for the doors they have opened – and continue to open – to artists and creatives, and for the support and commitment to artists’ careers, work and lives they have tirelessly shown and continue to show. And my deepest thanks to God – for all His gifts and blessings!”, Cherrie concluded.

From the stage to the big screen, Cherrie has spent over 30 years honing his craft in countless productions. His work has been recognised with various honours. He won the Best Supporting Actor Cacique Award for excellence in theatre in 1995 for his work playing ‘Batricio’ in Derek Walcott’s The Joker of Seville and was also nominated for the Best Actor Cacique Award on several occasions. He was also awarded a Pioneer in Film Award in 2013 by The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Theatre credits in the US include: A Streetcar named Desire (Pablo), Lobby Hero (William), The Three Sisters (Ferapont), A Selfish Sacrifice (an adaptation of A Doll’s House) playing Balogun and The Madwoman of Chaillot (The Waiter) – all at The Denver Center Theatre Company; Othello (Othello) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Ford) at The Houston Shakespeare Festival; Antony and Cleopatra (Mardian) and The Comedy of Errors (Pinch/Balthazar) at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) at The Colorado Springs/Theatreworks Shakespeare Festival and many more. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production with Theatre Arts from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, he is an Assistant Professor of Acting at The University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy for the Performing Arts and he is a member of Actors’ Equity Association of the United States of America, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the USA.

Cherrie has also been an avid advocate for the development of the local film industry and has, most recently, supported FilmTT and Hyphen8 during their two-week intensive actor’s workshop which was held in January of this year.

“Michael Cherrie’s role in the Netflix film ‘Shirley’ not only marks a significant milestone for Trinidad and Tobago’s film industry but also underscores the immense potential of acting as an exportable service. His involvement in this international production showcases the caliber of talent our nation has to offer on a global scale. Cherrie’s success serves as a compelling example of how leveraging our acting talent as an exportable service can drive growth and recognition for our local industry. We commend Cherrie for his outstanding contribution and remain committed to supporting initiatives that promote our actors and filmmakers on the world stage. We invite everyone to stream ‘Shirley’ on Netflix from the 22nd of March.” – Leslie Ann Wills-Caton, General Manager, FilmTT.

FilmTT congratulates Michael Cherrie on his role in ‘Shirley’ and wishes him continued success in his future endeavours.

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