SELMA, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, had its London premiere on Tuesday 27t h January and will open in UK cinemas on 6th February. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the US Civil Rights movement and this triumphant story of the power of the people. SELMA stars British actor David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere, The Butler, A Most Violent Year) as Martin Luther King Jr. and is directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere).
The supporting cast of SELMA features a stellar British line-up, including Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth (Arbitrage, The Incredible Hulk) as Governor George Wallace and Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross, Ride And Glory) as Coretta King; alongside Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. The film tracks a dangerous and terrifying three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. which culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting Africa-Americans’ right to vote.
Check out our Selma competition winner Shaun Needham at the premiere in Mayfair on Tuesday 27th January!