The King’s Speech will be shown at the Ottawa Family Cinema on Friday March 11. The movie won Best Film award at the Toronto Film Festival and has already garnered a Golden Globe Best Actor Award for Colin Firth’s portrayal of King George VI who stuttered and his relationship with his speech therapist Lionel Logue. The movie has received critical acclaim for its sympathetic treatment of someone who stutters and for raising awareness about stuttering in general. .
The Family Cinema is a non-profit theatre that runs current movies at very reasonable admission prices. Proceeds from all the showings are given back to the community. The Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter (OAPWS) is pleased to announce that proceeds from this special screening of The King’s Speech will be donated to the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund. Continue reading “THE KING’S SPEECH TO BE SHOWN AT THE OTTAWA FAMILY CINEMA ON MARCH 11, 2011!”
For those of us who stutter, see the film again. Firth really learned the nuances, and not just the facial and verbal features of a PWS. Before and even part way through ‘therapy’, you see very little eye contact when he is talking to others, with the possible exception of his wife and children. Continue reading “The King’s Speech”
Brendon Lamarche is featured in this excellent article titled “The Power of Positive Speaking.”
In addition to describing Brendon’s experience as a person who stutters, the treatment he has engaged in and the changes it has made in his life, the article provides other information about stuttering such as recent research into a gene that causes stuttering. Continue reading “READ THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE IN THE OTTAWA CITIZEN”
David has forwarded this link of a BBC Radio play about King George VI’s preparation for his first royal broadcast in 1937. The play is about 45 minutes long, and will only be available to listen to online for the next 5 days.
Well I just wanted to post my congratulations on this wonderful website, it looks amazing!! I know there have been many exciting changes for your group lately and I look forward to seeing what 2011 will hold. What a great way for people to connect and share ideas locally. I thought “The King’s Speech” was wonderful and can’t wait to see it again! I’m reading the book right now written by a descendent of Logue’s and it is interesting to compare it to how events and characters are portrayed in the movie. Rocket science is another movie (a few years old now and without the big name star power of the king’s speech) featuring stuttering with a multidimensional character where stuttering isn’t portrayed as being the but end of a joke – did anyone see that one?
Happy New Year!
Our next self-help group meeting on January 19 will discuss stuttering and openness in relationships: how open are we about our stuttering with our family, with our spouse, close friends or even co-workers?
Members of the group have been invited to bring a guest to the meeting to discuss this issue. We invite other people who stutter to attend as well. You are also invited to bring a friend or family member with you but that is not required to attend and join in the discussion. Continue reading “NEXT OAPWS MEETING TO DISCUSS OPENNESS”