THE KING'S SPEECH
THE KING'S SPEECH
Type of media Film
Approved Running time 118m 7s
Release date 07/01/2011
BBFCInsight Contains strong language in a speech therapy context
Genre(s) Historical, Drama
Director(s) Tom Hooper
Cast includes Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Eve Best
Cut This work was passed uncut.
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BBFCinsight publication date 28/12/2010
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
THE KING'S SPEECH is a drama about King George VI and the Australian speech therapist who helped him overcome his stammer. It was classified '12A' for strong language in a speech therapy context.
The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state that 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'. THE KING'S SPEECH contains around 15 uses of strong language. However, all the examples of strong language occur during two isolated moments in which the King uses strong language at the instigation of his speech therapist. The strong language is not aggressive, sexual or directed at any other person. The uses also occur in rapid succession. In this unusual and very specific speech therapy context, it was concluded that the strong language was sufficiently infrequent, in terms of the film as a whole, to be permissible at '12A'.
The film also shows the Duke, and later King, smoking on a frequent basis. This is partly due to erroneous medical advice relating to his affliction. The smoking is not shown to be either glamorous or advisable.
Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.
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