King George VI Didn’t Have Aphasia…

The Kings Speech Poster

… yet, I think “The King’s Speech” movie definitely deserves to be mentioned on the Aphasia Corner Blog. I saw this movie a few days ago — it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. The movie captures intricacies of the relationship between the patient and the therapist in an amazing way.

Here is the synopsis of the movie:

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.

Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.

A few days later I ran into an online presentation regarding “5 Presentation Lessons From The King’s Speech”. The five lessons are:

  1. Have Faith in Your Voice
  2. Admit You Need Help (well, I don’t think this one really applies to people with aphasia)
  3. Put The Hours In
  4. Become an Expert From Experience (as in expert in speech rehabilitation)
  5. Broadcast a True Version of Yourself

This presentation also does not address aphasia; however, the way these five “lessons” relate to the movie, specifically the King’s speech impediments, has so many parallels with what I’ve seen among people with aphasia, caregivers,  therapists, and posts we’ve had on this blog.

The full presentation is embedded below and contains a lot more information on the five lessons learned from the movie.

If you’d like to print and share these slides within your aphasia group,  we recommend you download the PDF version from SlideShare where the presentation is hosted (follow the Download link above the presentation; you will need to register).

Have you seen the movie? If so, what did you think? If not, don’t wait. Go see it as soon as you can!

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