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First and Advanced: A Movie Review

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Also published on our Facebook page, here's our review of The King's Speech. Written roughly to CAE length and more or less to exam principles for FCE and CAE candidates to take advantage of.
A Royal Announcement: This is a must-see movie.
 More people are frightened of speaking in public than dying. That’s the statistic I heard on the radio last week. How would you feel if, that was you, but you lived with a stammer. But you had to speak not only in public, but to a whole nation, who were relying on you to do it? That’s the dramatic finale of The King’s Speech after an unwilling Prince Albert of England has had no choice but to become King George VI after his elder brother abdicates to marry.

Although the film is about overcoming fear and, to an extent, disability, it works on many other levels too. It’s about the formation of friendship between two very different men (the King and his speech therapist) despite - but in some ways because of – their different social status. It ex…