Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ratings U-turn for Firth movie

The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, has been given a 12A certificate

Colin Firth and the rest of the stars of his latest film The King' Speech were celebrating the news that the film had finally been awarded a 12A certificate at its premiere in London's Leicester Square.

The film, which sees Oscar-winner Firth star alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in the tale of George VI's battle to overcome his stammer as he came to the throne in the wake of the Second World War, was selected as the American Express Gala premiere of the BFI London Film Festival.

It had been given a 15 certificate due to the language Firth's character uses as a technique to overcome his speech impediment, but was later reclassified a 12A by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

Colin, who plays King George VI, said: "It's wonderful news. They did the right thing."

Geoffrey Rush, who plays speech therapist Lionel Logue, said: "The reason we probably had the 15 rating was because of the speech therapy techniques which is quite substantiated over the last 60 or 70 years. It's patient swearing - they swear fluently without stammering.

"But the words are not in any abusive or hurtful context, so maybe they saw sense."

Director Tom Hooper agreed: "It's a triumph for the fact you have to make a decision in context."

He added: "Six hours ago I was using pretty strong language myself about how upset I was about getting a 15, so I was elated to hear the news.

"I'm incredibly thrilled and incredibly grateful and I hope it means more people will go and see the film, and go with their family, and that's what it's all about."

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