The King’s Speech – 2011
Tom Hooper directs this historical drama starring Colin Firth playing the future King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new king relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.
Screenwriter David Seidler stammered as a child and heard King George VI’s wartime speech as a child. As an adult, he wrote Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (widow of George VI) and asked for permission to use the King’s story to create a movie. The Queen Mother asked him not to make it during her lifetime, saying the memories were too painful. Seidler respected her request.