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King's Speech

Anthea  Slade

Carlton North, Australia

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King’s Speech featured in Painters Universe 16-9-11

King’s Speech featured in Shameless Self-Promotion 11-9-11

King’s Speech was created 11-9-11 with ink and acrylic (mixed media)

King’s Speech is the 14th of Top 10 Movie Series.

Prince Albert “Bertie” (Academy Award winner Colin Firth) was the second son on of King George V and so never destined to rule. But after the passing of his father and scandalous abdication on his brother Edward VIII (Guy Pearce). Bertie suddenly finds himself facing acccession to the crown and leadership of an Empire on the verge of war.

Bertie has been crippled by a delibilitating speech impediment since he was very young and in the age of radio and with his country in need of a leader, Bertie’s wife Elizabether (Helena Bonham Carter) the future Queen Mother, realises her husband needs help. It is through her search that Bertie arrives a the office of Lionel Logue (Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush) an eccentric speech therapist with unorthodox techniques.

After a very rough start, Bertie and the speech therapist delve into treament and so begins a remarkable relationship betweent the two men. With support of Logue and his family, the new king will overcome his stammer, find his voice and deliver a radio address that will unite a nation.

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush deliver outstanding nuanced performances as the King and Therapist. King’s Speech is one of the best films I have seen in recent times.

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