Weinstein Company: Queen Elizabeth 'Was Moved' by 'King's Speech'
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has confirmed a British newspaper report that Queen Elizabeth recently enjoyed a private screening of The King’s Speech.
The movie tells the story of her Majesty’s father, King George VI (Colin Firth), struggling to overcome a stutter.
“On behalf of the director Tom Hooper; the producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and our entire ensemble cast: we are deeply honored and humbled by Her Majesty’s appreciation of the film,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement Friday. “It was a labor of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed.”
Added screenwriter David Seidler, “To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly. When, thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved. Now this story has been written and filmed with a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for Her Majesty’s father. That Her Majesty has responded favorably to this, is wonderfully gratifying.”
The King's Speech has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards.