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THERE will be a glitz and blitz show on Valen­tine’s day.

The Amer­sham Rock ‘n’ Roll Club is host­ing the founder of The Glit­ter Band John Ros­sall along with fel­low group mem­ber Har­vey El­li­son.

The glam rock band worked as Gary Glit­ter’s back­ing band un­til 1973, when they then be­gan re­leas­ing records of their own.

Also per­form­ing are Look-In Back fea­tur­ing past and present mem­bers of Les Gray’s Mud, Les McKe­own’s Leg­endary Bay City Rollers and New Amen Cor­ner.

The rock ‘n’ roll club is based at White Ea­gle Hall, Pol­ish Club com­plex in Raans Road, Amer­sham.

The Glit­ter Band con­cert is on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 14, tick­ets are £17 from The Record Shop in Sycamore Road. Doors open 8pm, ap­prox­i­mately 45 min­utes be­fore the show. See www.amer­sham­rock­n­roll­ Ejogo, Ribisi,

Roth, Oprah

MORE than 45 years af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of Martin Luther King Jr, direc­tor Ava Du­Ver­nay honours the mem­ory of the eader of the U.S. Civil Rights Move­ment with this im­pas­sioned biopic.

While there are lin­ger­ing doubts bout the his­tor­i­cal ac­cu­racy of elma, the emo­tional wal­lop the film de­liv­ers is be­yond ques­tion.

In par­tic­u­lar, the recre­ation of the conic march over the Ed­mund Pet­tus Bridge chills the blood.

Ox­ford- born ac­tor David Oyelowo de­liv­ers a break­out per­for­mance re­plete with Ge­or­gia ac­cent as the ac­tivist.

He is mes­meris­ing and would surely have been in Os­car con­tention as best ac­tor later this month had Paul Webb’s script gifted him a few more barn­storm­ing speeches.

Du­Ver­nay opens with a chill­ing act of vi­o­lence that ex­em­pli­fies racial ten­sions of the era.

In 1960s Amer­ica, po­lit­i­cal bu­reau­cracy and prej­u­dice deny the African-Amer­i­can elec­torate the chance to vote in the forth­com­ing elec­tion, in which Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B John­son (Tom Wilkin­son) hopes to be re­turned to the White House by the peo­ple.

Martin Luther King Jr ( Oyelowo) en­treats the Pres­i­dent to right this demo­cratic wrong but John­son and his ad­viser Lee C White (Gio­vanni Ribisi) do not con­sider vot­ing rights to be high on their list of pri­or­i­ties.

So King and his team head to the com­mu­nity of Selma, Alabama to lead a peace­ful protest march with their friends from the Stu­dent Non­vi­o­lent Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee (SNCC).

The Pres­i­dent seeks a pri­vate au­di­ence with J Edgar Hoover (Dy­lan Baker), the first direc­tor of the FBI, to dis­cuss how to re­move this thorn from his side.

“We can weaken the dy­namic, dis­man­tle the fam­ily,” ex­plains Hoover, re­fer­ring to ten­sions be­tween King and his wife Coretta Scott King (Car­men Ejogo).

In Selma, lo­cal po­lice un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Gover­nor Ge­orge Wal­lace (Tim Roth) attack pro­test­ers with ba­tons as TV cam­eras cap­ture the bru­tal­ity for hor­ri­fied view­ers.

Con­se­quently, pres­sure grows on John­son to in­ter­vene while King takes tem­po­rary leave of his wife and fam­ily to spear­head a sec­ond march.

Selma skil­fully ebbs and flows be­tween events in Alabama and Wash­ing­ton, re­lent­lessly crank­ing up the ten­sion be­tween fig­ures on both sides of the de­bate.

Oyelowo is sup­ported by a ter­rific en­sem­ble cast in­clud­ing Ejogo as the du­ti­ful wife, who stands by her man de­spite his dal­liances away from home.

“Do you love me?” coolly asks Coretta in one of the film’s most mem­o­rable scenes. “Do you love the oth­ers?”

Roth chews scenery as the Gover­nor who be­lieves re­sis­tance should be met with ex­treme force, while Wilkin­son brings a touch of des­per­a­tion to the most pow­er­ful man on Capitol Hill.

Luther King Jr had a dream and through the lens of Du­Ver­nay’s film, we are minded that we must all con­tinue to chase it.

Cer­tifi­cate 12A Stars

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