The King’s Speech

Mrs Maxted went to see the film The King’s Speech on Saturday evening and was completely blown away!  The film depicts the efforts of King George VI as he struggles to overcome the debilitating effects of his stammer, both prior to and after becoming King, with the help of Lionel Logue, an unqualified Speech Therapist, and his unusual methods of training people to overcome their speech difficulties.  The story, though an interesting comment on the activity surrounding Edward VIII and the beginnings of World War II, is moving in its portrayal of a man deeply affected by events from his own childhood and his responsibility as he becomes Head of  State. There were excellent performances from all actors, notably Helena Bonham-Carter, Geoffrey Rush and, of course, Golden Globe winner, Colin Firth!  It was interesting to see Jennifer Ehle, remembering her as Elizabeth Bennet in that BBC production of Pride and Prejudice from 1995…

Photo courtesy of, downloaded from Wikimedia Commons, licensed for re-use under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License, taken at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley.


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

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