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TU Film Club to present The King’s Speech

A king who has to overcome a speech impediment while learning how to rule a nation will be the featured topic for the next presentation of the Thomas University Film Club, “The King’s Speech.”

Based on actual events, “The King’s Speech” stars Colin Firth as King George VI, who had to overcome stuttering. Geoffrey Rush portrays the king’s speech and language therapist who helps him overcome the stuttering and go on to deliver the radio broadcast when Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1939. Helena Bonham Carter plays King George IV's wife.

“The story is based on actual events: the King of England abdicates for love, and the younger brother, with a stutter, will be king,” explained Lisa Mitchell, Film Club adviser. “The characters, though mostly royal, convey intimate moments of true human connection.”

After its release in 2010, “The King’s Speech” received the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Firth’s performance earned him the Golden Globe for Best Actor. The film also received seven British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The Thomas University Film Club will present “The King’s Speech” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on the Forbes Campus. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome.

“The TU Film Club wants to encourage our community to expand their movie experiences in every way possible – new genres, classic films, foreign films, and more,” Mitchell said.

The TU Film Club is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU), whose mission is to combine the gifts and energies of TU personnel and students with those of the community members to provide excellent arts events for the community. For more information, contact Mitchell at lmitchell@thomasu.edu or 229-226-1621 Ext. 1101.

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