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The King's Speech

The King's Speech
Your Price: $26.95 CDN
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Author: David Seidler
Publisher: Newmarket Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 1557049815
ISBN-13: 9781557049810
About the Screenplay:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

The King's Speech is a screenplay by David Seidler. Winner of 4 Academy Awards, (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay), the story of King George VI and the speech therapist whose unorthodox treatment helps him overcome his stammer, directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams, Elizabeth I), starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter. Also winner of 7 BAFTA Awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay.

Bertie (Colin Firth), who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England after the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce). With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.

As David Seidler writes in his introduction to this illuminating script book, "The King's Speech is about a great deal more than a speech impediment. It is about friendship. I'm talking about mentoring and support and a great deal of humor. We lose these deep, meaningful friendships at our peril."

The King's Speech includes an introduction by screenwriter David Seidler about how and why the idea that came to him over 30 years ago evolved into the award-winning screenplay, a facsimile of the complete shooting script, an 8-page photo section, and complete cast and crew credits.

What people say:

"One of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years, a film that makes your spirit soar... The screenplay contains two of the best-written roles in recent memory." — The Wall Street Journal

"Digs vibrant human drama out of the dry dust of history... Writer David Seidler [does] keenly insightful work." — Rolling Stone

"Previously known only to historians, the true story, as re-interpreted by screenwriter David Seidler, is enthralling." — USA Today

About the Screenwriter:

David Seidler is a British-American playwright and film and television writer. He was most successful for writing the play and the screenplay for the film The King's Speech, for which he won the Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. He developed a profound childhood stutter, and, as a result, George VI, the stammering King who had to speak, became a boyhood hero, role model, and inspiration for the film. A Londoner by birth, David Seidler now lives in Santa Monica, California.