“The King’s Speech,” a 2010 British film directed by Tom Hooper, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
Colin Firth stars as Albert (“Bertie”) — King George VI — in this historical drama about the monarch who had to overcome his stammer to convey strong leadership in a radio broadcast declaring war on Germany in 1939.
The Australian speech therapist who helped him achieve this feat, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), was a strict taskmaster but also became the king’s lifelong friend. His wife, Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham-Carter), was very supportive of these efforts (she sought out help and discovered Logue) while raising their daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret.
The Queen Mum lived until 2002 and requested that this film not be made during her lifetime. The screenplay was written by David Seidler, who himself struggled with a stammer.
The film won Academy awards for best actor, best director, best original screenplay and best motion picture.