Friday 24 November 2017

Royal biopics fit for a king . . . and queen

Paul Whitington

Becket (1964)

Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole were a compelling double act in Peter Glenville's historical drama based on the moral conflict between King Henry II and Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas a Becket, which ultimately led to Becket's murder in the cathedral in 1170.

The Queen (2006)

Helen Mirren delivers an exceptional performance as Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears's film that examines the events surrounding the death of Diana Spencer, and gives a fascinating insight into the Queen's relationship with her media-savvy Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The King's Speech (2010)

In Tom Hooper's Oscar-winning drama, Bertie Windsor (Colin Firth, pictured left) is thrust into the limelight when he becomes king after his brother Edward abdicates. Chronically shy and beset with a crippling stammer, Bertie struggles until his wife engages the help of an Australian speech therapist.

Irish Independent

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