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  • We few, we happy few

    Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:57

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    You may have noticed a small, unassuming film doing the rounds at the moment. Been quite successful we hear. Won a few of those Bafta gongs and an assortment of other baubles to boot. And there's the matter of a modest ceremony in LA on sunday too.

    Anyway, we've managed to get our hands on ten signed copies of the book that inspired the film and thought we might give them away as a prize.

    So, answer the super simple question below and we'll pick ten winners out of the digital hat.

    Entries close 5pm GMT, Friday the 11th of March.

    Competition now closed

    Posted by Adam Adam

    Categories: king, speech, oscars, baubles, gongs

    King's speech

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    1. Sonia Mengoni's avatar Sonia Mengoni

      thank you for the contest!

      Posted Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:22
    2. Mary Keeley's avatar Mary Keeley

      This film is inspirational because it shows how the King found his voice with Lionel Logue's support. He gave him permission to be unique in his speech by coming to terms with his stammer. I am a speech therapist and I think it has brought stammering out into the open to be understood and talked about with empathy. It is a fantastic tribute to the King,Lionel Logue and the Queen Mother. The film is also fun!

      Posted Sat, 05 Mar 2011 22:54
    3. J.Kramer's avatar J.Kramer

      I stutter too. Is English not my mother tongue (I'm from abroad), to speak was, until I was about 22, actually impossible. Afterwards I built a carreer as insurance expert and legal advisor: speaking was my livelihood. Four Oscars for The King's Speech, that would be one more: for the fantastic intrerpretation of the role of stutter therapist

      Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:10
    4. Mark Grieveson's avatar Mark Grieveson

      Apart from the two wonderful leads, Helena Bonham Carter did an inspiring job as the Queen Mother. Altogether an entertaining movie with overwhelming human interest. Hopefully will start a trend

      Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:33
    5. Joanne T Ferguson's avatar Joanne T Ferguson

      G'day! I always enjoy reading the book first before seeing the movie!! As the book creates visions in my head because the author's brilliant words jump out at me to tell a magnificent story (Such as this one!)

      Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 08:23
    6. Christina Free's avatar Christina Free

      I can't think of an historical event made into a film where the facts have been allowed to get in the way of a good story but let that not deter you from seeing this film and enjoying, nay even loving, it. There is no polite way to say this, so here it is. The Americans seem to have well and truly lost their way with film-making, thank heavens for the Australians (of whom I am one) and the British. Along with the rest of the crew, I too would love a copy of this book; I am a bibliophile and simply can not resist a new one.

      Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 03:02
    7. Judith Forsyth's avatar Judith Forsyth

      Have just entered competition. Am currently "laid up" & unable to get out to theatre for 6-12 months, so am hoping a win will allow me to view great sounding movie. Hubbie even sounding interested.

      Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 01:17
    8. Carole May's avatar Carole May

      The film was amazing! I've sent so many of my friends to see it and I have also pre-ordered the DVD. I was so incredibly happy when the film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor: Colin Firth, Best Director: Tom Hooper, and Original Screenplay: David Seidler. I sat on my couch crying tears of joy for all of them for the hard work they had put into this film. As a retired teacher, I am also happy for the influence it is having on young and older stutterers and the hope it has given them. I think the last film that inspired me this much was Chariots of Fire.

      Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 23:55
    9. Walter Scott Brown's avatar Walter Scott Brown

      The film is a magnificent tribute to a rare peoples' KIng of great majesty. His courage, in the face of adversity, both personal and war, will always be cherished by a grateful nation and commonwealth. As a very young boyscout I was present when he visited our rally and led with gusto (no impediment) singing, "Under the Spreading Chestnut tree." complete with all of the arm actions.

      Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 22:18
    10. Jennifer Higgins's avatar Jennifer Higgins

      Thank you for offering this wonderful contest.

      Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 16:39
    11. Roberto Gonzalez's avatar Roberto Gonzalez

      Nice movie and greater King!

      Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:25
    12. Hua Jing's avatar Hua Jing

      Thanks for organising this, which reminds me that there's a book to read! loved the film after all!

      Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:10
    13. maria grech ganado's avatar maria grech ganado

      I'm from Malta and am 68 yrs old. I had no knowledge of history when George VI died, but was sad with the whole island when it grieved for the king who had given us the George Cross. My parents also took my sister and me to Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. So even before I watched the film, it was associated in my mind with my childhood and, after reading so much about it, despite a bad cold and a stormy day, rushed to see it when it was released here. There's no need to comment on the brilliance of the acting and direction - the scene in the fog, shown twice lives on as a painting - but it was amazing to see how credibly so many social and psychological boundaries were overcome in the space/time limitations of a film - profound and simple perhaps because understated. Good to see even Hollywood is maturing in its appreciation of quality. Books are usually better than films - could this be possible in this case?

      Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:08
    14. judith madore's avatar judith madore

      The film has inspired much comment on various blogs from "stutterers", and concerning various other communication difficulties. As well as being a well-crafted production with excellent performances, it has also had its positive effects beyond the filmic. As I only came along a few months before the end of WWII, war "memories" are based on subsequent newsreels. But my father (RCN) and mother (WRNS), had much respect for George V.

      Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:50
    15. Tina Wemyss's avatar Tina Wemyss

      Saw it with a reluctant husband but he loved it as well!

      Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:59

      Saw the film the day it came out here in Rome, but it was dubbed in Italian!! So I really need one of those books to get the real feel of the language!! Still enjoyed it immensely though.

      Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:11
    17. Andrea Baraiolo's avatar Andrea Baraiolo

      Loved the film-took my 19 year old daughter. She has done nothing but rave about it since. Amazing...there is a thirst for good film/lit in Gen Y.

      Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:12
    18. Richard Dunn's avatar Richard Dunn

      Struth! The film: terrific. Why? Because it is such a terrific story. Simple. Now, that's a comment worth publishing. So, stop muckin' about and just send us one of them ten signed books. Monarchy or republic..? monarchy or repub.... Can I have my book now, please?

      Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:10
    19. Helen Klein's avatar Helen Klein

      Just saw the movie for a second time and would see it again and again. Seldom do I take note of more than what I see on screen but this movie had me take note of the direction as well as the cinematography. Both brilliant. A moving story which was treated with such respect and, dare I say, understatement. Told brilliantly. Can't heap enough praise on it. Just wonderful.

      Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 01:50
    20. Margaret Quigley's avatar Margaret Quigley

      Loved the movie. This Australian would now like to read about the wonderful Australian who helped King George V1 so much.

      Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:36
    21. Kym O'Driscoll's avatar Kym O'Driscoll

      I loved the movie and I think Colin Firth should get Best Actor award at the Oscars.

      Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:23
    22. Cheryl M Kaplan's avatar Cheryl M Kaplan

      Both wonderful, but I especially love The King's Speech.

      Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:27
    23. IVY J. THOMSON's avatar IVY J. THOMSON

      I'd like v. much to read the book which inspired the film so am entering your competition ....the film was certainly brilliantly conceived, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush greatly convincing and Helena Bonham-Carter capturing Elisabeth Bowes-Lyon's delicate little iron fist in a royal velvet glove ! I was born and brought up within a few miles of Glamis Castle in Scotland which was her family home, and everyone around thought very highly of her husband the Duke of York(later King George the 6th) who was seen as hugely more admirable than his apparently self-indulgent and somewhat louche brother David who was destined to be Edward the 8th , so no-one we knew was at all upset by the Abdication!

      Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:06
    24. Daniel Robert Pearson's avatar Daniel Robert Pearson

      Royalist propaganda of the worst kind. Off with their heads.

      Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:07
    25. Packer's avatar Packer

      A wonderfully human story told exactly right. It brought tears to my husband's eyes and it his birthday on March 11th, its got to be a good omen : I'd'love to give him that book for the occasion!!

      Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 15:08

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