PODCAST: David Seidler Talks The King’s Speech

David Seidler

Colin Firth portrays King George VI with co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech.

Colin Firth portrays King George VI with co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech.

“He stutters far worse than you do,” screenwriter David Seidler remembers his parents telling him of King George VI when the family would sit around the radio in England listening to the King deliver his war-time speeches. “It gave me hope, and I thought one day, as I became a writer, I would like to write something about him.” That was a beginning of a life-long journey for Seilder to write the story of the stammering King, as he did in The King’s Speech. Script sat down with the Oscar-nominated screenwriter to hear how his inspiration became one of the most talked about movies of the year.

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13 thoughts on “PODCAST: David Seidler Talks The King’s Speech

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  2. T'Lee Sollenberger

    It’s refreshing to find a film in which the key villain is a non-person, in this case as Seidler remarked that it was fear-the fear of stuttering magnified by the microphones. Lovely, inspiring interview for those of us wrestling with this same non-person type villain!

  3. Jude

    Just bought your magazine at the bookstore when I saw you had an article on Seidler. Great article & this podcast is a real bonus! Thanks!

    I have \the King’s Speech\ book SFR Daniel mentioned on my Kindle. Also recommend the print book, The Reluctant King. I rhink it is out of print but try your library.

  4. SFR Daniel

    A wonderful podcast. Wonderful film too. This is very helpful and encouraging.

    (PS There is also a book by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi called “The King’s Speech” that is fascinating as well. Mark Logue, grandson of Lionel Logue, stimulated by the making of this film, delved into his grandfather’s archives and wrote his own account of how the events referenced by the film happened in history — Quercus, London, 2010.)

    Thank you for this!

  5. Gerry Greenland

    What a wonderful and inspiring interview. David generously gives us an insight into his working habits and methods that can only inspire every scriptwriter. His view that the discipline of writing The King’s Speech as a stage play which brought greater depth to the interaction of the characters rings one hundred percent true.

  6. Betsy Green

    The interview valuable and inspiring. David was generous with his techniques and I’m going to use his tip about writing the script as a play in order to enhance and build the character’s relationships. I look forward to seeing David accept the Oscar.

  7. Johnnye Gerhardt

    Finally, a screenwriter with gray/white hair! With three scripts as finalists in competition and one being considered by producers, Mr. Seidler and I are proof that you don’t have to be in your mid-thirties in order to write good scripts. We have the “life” experience to create rich characters and tell a good story without blowing something up, providing a sex education scene, or splattering blood on a wall. Mr. Seidler and I share the same creative time slots of walking and the 20 minutes before sleep. I’m hoping it will bring me the same good fortune it did him.