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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.

This Q&A took place on Tuesday 7 December 2010 at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London

Question 1

Can you tell us more about dealing with the sensitive the issue of speech disorder in the film?

Question 2

Do you feel a weight and responsibility to tell the truth for the characters you portray?

Question 3

How difficult was it to balance the wit and humour in the film with the seriousness of the subject matter?

Question 4

As an actor how do you communicate the speech difficulties and emotions of such a grand figure to the audience?

Question 5

What do you think is the biggest challenge that the British film industry faces today?

Question 6

What advice would you give young filmmakers who want a career in the film industry?