UK

Synopsis

The King's Speech' stars Colin Firth as King George VI, the present Queen's father, and tells the story of the King's relationship with his unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush. Chance makes George the King just as radio is taking off as a mass medium. As King he must speak not only to the nation but to the people of the British Empire, across the world, as war looms. Struggling from childhood with a nervous stammer, George, known to his family as Bertie, the second son of King George V (Michael Gambon) never expects to be King. But his older brother Edward (Guy Pearce) abdicates the throne to marry the American Wallis Simpson. George VI's wife, Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) - the future Queen Mother - is tireless in her belief in him. Having tried all the traditional doctors, they put their faith in the Australian outsider, Logue. The film movingly and humorously reveals the relationship of Royal ...and colonial commoner as they face the abdication crisis then the greatest test of all - the approach of the Second World War. The King must inspire the nation and the Empire on the radio. But will he be able to speak? Will his friendship with Logue save him?
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Written by: David Seidler

Produced by: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

Cinematography: Danny Cohen

Editing: Tariq Anwar

Production Design: Eve Stewart

Original Score: Alexandre Desplat

Actor: Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush

Nominations and Awards

  • European Actor 2011
  • European Editor 2011
  • People's Choice Award 2011
  • European Film 2011
  • European Composer 2011
  • Feature Film Selection 2011