The King's Speech
Film Education extended National Schools Film Week to collaborate with the BFI and the London Film Festival, to screen titles previously screened to the public as part of the Festival in the form of a small tour of regional cinemas .
Date: Tuesday 7 December 2010
Venue: Empire Cinema Leicester Square, London
Film Education held a special preview of The King's Speech for schools followed by a Q&A session with the film's director Tom Hooper and lead actor Colin Firth. A group of students from St Charles Sixth Form College were also able to attend a Salon style discussion group to debate filmmaking, the British film industry and the filmmakers' careers in more detail.
The King's Speech tells the story of King George VI (Bertie) who reluctantly assumed the throne after his brother abdicated. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, the King engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.