Alumnae Invited to Exclusive Screening
Following the success of previous events, including the exclusive September 2009 screening of Dorian Gray held in aid of Withington's 100 Plus Bursary Appeal, Alumnae are invited to a special reception and preview screening of The King's Speech, at One Aldwych in London, hosted by esteemed Alumna Joyce Hytner OBE.
Profits from this screening will be donated to Great Ormond Street's Theatres for Theatres and SafeHands for Mothers. Further details are below, and any Alumna who would like to reserve a ticket should complete the application form at the bottom of the page and return it, together with their remittance, to Irene Haicalis, Act IV Limited, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4SE. Irene can be contacted directly on 020 7432 6990, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACT IV FILM CLUB
invites you to a reception and preview screening
at One Aldwych on Monday 6 December 2010
6.30 pm for 7.15 pm
THE KING'S SPEECH
Directed by Tom Hooper
The King's Speech is based on the true story of Queen Elizabeth's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue. Fascinating, moving and often humourous it charts the personal relationship that developed between England's reluctant King George VI, plagued by a nervous stammer, and his irreverent Australian speech therapist.
As the second son of George V, Prince Albert "Bertie" was not expected to ascend to the throne, but when his brother Edward abdicates to marry American Wallis Simpson, Bertie, as his successor, is crowned King George VI. George becomes King as radio is taking off as a mass medium and the Second World War looms. Thrust into the international spotlight he must speak not only to the nation but to the people of the British Empire, across the world. His wife, Queen Elizabeth – the future Queen Mother – is tireless in her belief in him. Having tried all the traditional doctors she engages unorthodox outsider, Logue, to help him find a voice that can inspire a nation on the brink of war.
The film's multi-award winning cast includes Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, Jennifer Ehle and Michael Gambon.