13 March 2011
Cedar Court Leeds - Bradford wishes Colin Firth and the cast of “THE KING’S SPEECH” good luck for the forthcoming 83rd Oscars Ceremony on 27th February 2011.
Filming of this highly acclaimed 2010 British historical drama has close links with the local community in Bradford and Leeds. The opening scene, set at the closing ceremony of the 1925 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium, was filmed on location at Elland Road, home of Leeds United and Odsal Stadium, home of the Bradford Bulls. Elland Road was used for the speech elements of the prince stammering his way through his first public address, and Odsal Stadium was selected because of its resemblance to Wembley stadium in 1925. The crew had access to the stadium only at 10pm, after a match and filled the terraces with inflatable dummies dressed in period costumes. Actors, some extras, some staff members from the hotel, were interspersed to give the impression of a crowd.
The crew and some members of the cast stayed at the Cedar Court Hotel during the days filming on location in Yorkshire. The stars of the film joined the crew for a few celebratory drinks in the hotel on their last night in West Yorkshire.
THE KING'S SPEECH is based on the true story of Queen Elizabeth II's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue. As the second son of George V, Prince Albert "Bertie" was not expected to ascend to the throne, but when his brother Edward chose to abdicate to marry Wallis Simpson, Bertie was his successor and in 1936 he became King George VI. Thrust into the international spotlight, he engaged Lionel Logue who helped him find a voice to lead the nation.