The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war. —TIFF
Thomas George “Tom” Hooper (born 1972) is a British film and television director of English and Australian heritage. Hooper began making short films at the age of 13, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. At Oxford University Hooper directed plays and television commercials. After graduating, he directed episodes of Quayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet.
Into the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2001) and Daniel Deronda (2002), and was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV’s Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren. Hooper made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), a South African drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). This began an association between Hooper and… read more
I enjoy Tom Hooper's subtle visual language that's heavily focused on the performances. This film is a refreshing break from the stagnant costume drama. A film about true friendship.
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Lorsque j’avais été le voir au cinéma, je dois bien avouer que s’il m’avait bien plu, je ne comprenais pas trop le bruit qu’on en faisait autour de ce film de Tom Hooper, qui signe sûrement sa première… read review
What a brilliant and moving film and the director almost made not mistakes. I do like the general muted tone of the film and the long takes on the faces of the actors and moments of silence, it perfectly… read review
I went into The King’s Speech fully expecting a dull experience that was almost torture to get through. I put off watching it for quite a while for that simple reason. However, the film caught me a… read review