I've been a bad blogger this past week as writing deadlines and a new lap top threw me into a vortex I have just spun out of. I'm catching my breath and will be coming back with a vengance as I treat you to a series of reviews and interviews.
By the way, just wanted to mention that I have fallen in love - hard (or hard drive). It's with my smokin' hot new lap top. It was love at first gigabite (or 500th) and though Apollo and I are still in the early stages of our relationship - discovering the 7 Windows into our new world - I believe we are destined to be inseparable...
This intriguing film rules the Oscar race with 12 nominations. The most interesting aspect of this movie for me was it's exploration into the relationship between Bertie (King George VI played by Colin Firth) and his unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).
Don't worry, I won't be giving away too much of the film here, but want to focus instead on David Seidler, the Oscar-nominated writer of the screenplay, and his amazing story.
Seidler had a stutter himself after he and his family faced death from a German U-boat attack during WWII. Seidler was not even three years old when his family was evacuated from Britain to the USA. It was as they were crossing the treacherous North Atlantic in a convoy of three ships, that the German U-boats closed in. One vessel sank, but the other two survived this terrifying attack. Seidler remembers the trauma and was left with a stutter until he was 16.
Seidler, now 73, grew up listening to King George VI's radio addresses. He was very aware of the King's speech impediment and remembers tensing up when the King would struggle to get a word out. In fact, he felt so much kinship with the King, that he only refers to him as Bertie, an affectionate family name the King was given as a young boy.
Her response was, "Not during my lifetime...the memories are too painful."
Seidler didn't expect the Queen Mother to live to 101. He waited 28 years before he was able to see those notes.
Then, when he finally was ready to write the screenplay, he became ill with a serious form of cancer. He realized that if he didn't write Bertie's story now, he might never have the chance.
David Seidler beat his brush with cancer and has given us a courageous example of 'writer's mettle' - a lifetime of research, overcoming almost insurmountable obstructions, and finally creating a masterpiece that is nominated for an Oscar. One I believe, he deserves to win.
Have you seen The King's Speech? What did you think of the film? Do you have David Seidler's 'writer's mettle?'
I will be back on Wednesday with a review of Nicole Baart's latest novel and an interview with her. Then on Friday I will feature a behind-the-scenes interview with Baart's first draft editor, Methodius (Todd) Diakow.