The King’s Speech has been winning applause from critics and the public alike – and looks set to impress the BAFTA and Oscar voters too.
To celebrate the film’s success we’re giving you the chance to win a King’s Speech Notebook, Tote bag, Mug and a bookmark.
With award-worthy performances from Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech tells the true story of Queen Elizabeth II’s father and his remarkable friendship with maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue. Fascinating, moving and often humorous it charts the personal relationship that developed between England’s reluctant King George VI, plagued by a nervous stammer, and his irreverent Australian speech therapist.
As the second son of George V, Prince Albert “Bertie” was not expected to ascend to the throne, but when his brother Edward abdicates to marry American Wallis Simpson, Bertie is crowned King George VI.
George becomes King as radio is taking off as a mass medium and the Second World War looms. Thrust into the international spotlight he must speak not only to the nation but to the people of the British Empire, across the world. His wife, Queen Elizabeth – the future Queen Mother – is tireless in her belief in him. Having tried all the traditional doctors she engages unorthodox outsider, Logue, to help him find a voice that can inspire a nation on the brink of war.
To win yourself a royal haul of The King’s Speech goodies all you have to do is answer this simple question:
The King’s Speech isn’t the first time Colin Firth has played a historical character. In which film did Colin Firth play painter Johannes Vermeer?
A) Dorian Gray
B) A Month in the Country
C) Girl With a Pearl Earring
Send your answer, clearly marked The King’s Speech Competition in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is Thursday 3 March 2011.