King’s Speech top UK real life film

King George VI was one of the UK’s favourite kings and now the movie about his life is the top British real life film.

The King’s Speech, which won British actor Colin Firth the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2011, has been named the top UK real life film in a poll conducted by American Express.

The film, directed by Tom Hooper, won 28 per cent of the votes.

The 2008 movie The Boys in the Striped Pyjamas which was directed by Mark Herman was the runner up while Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln which tells the story of the American president was third.

Mark Zuckerberg’s story The Social Network which told about the emergence of Facebook was also in the running with 127 Hours, the story of a man trapped while mountain climbing was also in the running in fifth.

The poll was conducted at the end of last week’s London Film Festival which had several real life movies making their premiere.

The top ten in that order are 1. The King’s Speech, 2. The Boys in the Striped Pyjamas, 3. Lincoln, 4. The Social Netwrok, 5. 127 Hours, 6. Argo, 7. The Impossible, 8. The Blind Side, 9. Valkyrie, 10. Zero Dark Thirty.


Tom Hanks takes London festival by storm

Tom Hanks

He is one of the biggest stars in the world and the weight of Tom Hanks’ stardom will be on the 57th annual London Film Festival with two of his movies set to open and close this year’s event.

Hanks’ films are already getting Oscar buzz with the Paul Greengrass thriller Captain Phillips to open the ten day-event and the John Lee Hancock-directed Saving Mr. Banks set to close things off on October 20.

Captain Phillips tells the story of the 2009 hijacking of a US container by Somali pirates in which Hanks plays the title role while Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of how the studios attracted PL Travers who authored Mary Poppins.

Hanks will star alongside British actress Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks whileCatherine Kenner plays the wife of Captain Phillips.

Hanks has won the Academy Award for Best Actor on two occasions. He first won for 1993’s Philadelphia which he starred opposite fellow Best Actor winner, Denzel Washington, and again in 1994 for the film Forrest Gump in which he played the title character.

Captain Phillips will debut in the United States in mid-December.

Danny Boyle’s Best Picture Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire has closed the LFF in the past.