Oh goody.  Another good English film.  🙂

The King’s Speech is a historical drama, but it’s not one of those fancy schmancy costume dramas.  The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI, who because of his stammer, dreaded public speaking. After his closing speech at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley on 31 October 1925, which was an ordeal for both him and the listeners, he began to see Lionel Logue, an Australian-born speech therapist. The Duke and Logue practised breathing exercises such as diaphragmatic breathing and the Duchess rehearsed these with him patiently. As a result of the training, the Duke’s opening address at Australia’s Federal Parliament at Canberra in 1927 went successfully, and he was able to speak subsequently with only a slight hesitation.