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Queen Elizabeth Finds The King's Speech "Moving and Enjoyable"

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2011 at 9:16AM

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, has viewed The King's Speech in a private screening at Sandringham. King George VI's young daughter Elizabeth is portrayed by Freya Wilson in the film. According to The Sun's source, the Queen "loves a good film. The King's Speech is close to the bone as it is a portrayal of her family in the 1930s." She found it to be both "moving and enjoyable" and "was clearly amused by some of the lighter moments." That's one more for team King's Speech. Your move, Social Network.
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Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, has viewed The King's Speech in a private screening at Sandringham. King George VI's young daughter Elizabeth is portrayed by Freya Wilson in the film. According to The Sun's source, the Queen "loves a good film. The King's Speech is close to the bone as it is a portrayal of her family in the 1930s." She found it to be both "moving and enjoyable" and "was clearly amused by some of the lighter moments." That's one more for team King's Speech. Your move, Social Network.

Screenwriter David Seidler, for whom The King's Speech was a long gestating passion project, says:

“To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly.  When, thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved.  Now this story has been written and filmed with a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for Her Majesty’s father.  That Her Majesty has responded favorably to this, is wonderfully gratifying.”

The Weinstein Co.'s Harvey Weinstein states: "On behalf of the director Tom Hooper; the producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and our entire ensemble cast: we are deeply honored and humbled by Her Majesty’s appreciation of the film.  It was a labor of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed.”

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Independents, Oscars, BAFTA, Tom Hooper, Period, Biopics, Colin Firth, Weinsteins


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.