The Kings Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark LogueOne man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century - he wasnt a prime minister or an archbishop of Canterbury. He was an almost unknown, and self-taught, speech therapist named Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed The Quack who saved a King.
Logue wasnt a British aristocrat or even an Englishman - he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into one of Britains greatest kings after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 over his love of Mrs Simpson.
This is the previously untold story of the remarkable relationship between Logue and the haunted future King George VI, written with Logues grandson and drawing exclusively from his grandfather Lionels diaries and archive. It throws an extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men, and the vital role the Kings wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husbands reputation and reign.
The Kings Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy is an astonishing insight into a private world. Logues diaries also reveal, for the first time, the torment the future King suffered at the hands of his father George V because of his stammer. Never before has there been such a personal portrait of the British monarchy - at a time of its greatest crisis - seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.
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This film, which won Oscars for best picture, best actor, and best screenplay, was directed by Tom Hooper from a screenplay by David Seidler, who himself developed a stammer as a child. Leslie — Why I chose this story? Special thanks to Valerie! Rotten Tomatoes tells us that this film scored a 95 percent approval rating from critics and 92 percent from audience members. To earn results like these, you need solid story structure, but you also need to get the audience involved with emotional stakes. Emotional stakes come from story elements that create the tension readers feel that compels them to keep reading.
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Video highlights from The Real King's Speech. He discovers how Lionel's interest in stage performance leads to his recognition of the importance of addressing the psychological issues behind speech impediments.
More has been written about The King's Speech on this site than any other film in recent memory. The appetite for King's Speech discussion seems insatiable Jonathan Freedland's blog on the film was the most-read on the whole site yesterday. Well, partly because more of you have seen it then any other British film lately. Partly because it's an endlessly fascinating film. But what have we missed? What hasn't been discussed in relation to the film? This Friday lunchtime, he'll be live online answering as many of your questions as he can get through.