November 27, 2014

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The King’s Speech – 2010 | 118 mins | Drama | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

The King's Speech

Based on the true story of King George VI and the unlikely friendship he forges with an unconventional Australian speech therapist in an effort to cure the Royal Monarch’s debilitating stammer. Taken on face value The Kingís Speech sounds an unremarkable historical melodrama but David Seidlerís uplifting script makes for an intimate character study that is both heartfelt and often funny. The actors take central stage with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush on top form. Their sincere scenes together are a joy to behold, packed with sympathetic humanising performance and sly, unexpected wit. The film became a critical and commercial success, winning four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric Aussie speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.

Production Team

Tom Hooper: Director
Netty Chapman: Art Direction
Leon McCarthy: Art Direction
Danny Cohen: Cinematography
Jenny Beavan: Costume Design
Tariq Anwar: Film Editing
Frances Hannon: Makeup Department
Paul Gooch: Makeup Department
Nana Fischer: Makeup Department
Karen Cohen: Makeup Department
Alexandre Desplat: Original Music
Emile Sherman: Producer
Iain Canning: Producer
Gareth Unwin: Producer
David Seidler: Script
Philip Clements: Sound
Forbes Noonan: Sound
Martin Jensen: Sound
Lee Walpole: Sound

Cast

Anthony Andrews: Stanley Baldwin
Timothy Spall: Winston Churchill
Eve Best: Wallis Simpson
Claire Bloom: Queen Mary
Patrick Ryecart: Lord Wigram
Guy Pearce: King Edward VIII
Michael Gambon: King George V
Jennifer Ehle: Myrtle Logue
Calum Gittins: Laurie Logue
Geoffrey Rush: Lionel Logue
Roger Hammond: Dr. Blandine Bentham
Derek Jacobi: Archbishop Cosmo Lang
Helena Bonham Carter: Queen Elizabeth
Colin Firth: King George VI



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