2014 (UK | USA) (Biography, Drama, History)
Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth
Director: Ava DuVernay
A Member’s Choice Film. Ava DuVernay’s Selma takes place over a three-month period in 1965, from the time Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accepted his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo to the time that, after two unsuccessful attempts, he led a 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the lack of voting rights for blacks in the South. David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Martin Luther King manages to be epic, provocative and angry yet vulnerable and also deeply human. The film also gives us insight into the hardships endured by both Southern blacks and the organizers who were fighting against an entrenched political and legal system hell-bent on ensuring that no one without white skin made it to the polling booth.
Weaving in newsreel footage of the Selma march sparingly but evocatively, interspersing brooding violence with light humour, Selma achieves the rare accolade of being a powerful period piece with stark contemporary resonance.
Tickets on sale 28th May 2021