再談The King’s speech

The King’s speech(小弟喺博客度,會採用陶傑翻譯嘅片名王者無聲,陶傑嘅翻譯堪為一絕)係一套好有趣嘅英國電影,雖然The King’s speech係我國獎券基金資助,但導演、編劇以至演言語治療師嘅Geoffrey Rush,都唔係純英國人,Geoffrey Rush係澳洲人,導演Tom Hooper係澳洲及英國雙重國籍,而編劇David Seidler係美國、英國雙重國籍。亦由於咁嘅特殊背景,所以呢套片隱藏嘅英聯邦議題,亦係其他我國電影好少觸及。

英國同其他殖民宗主國都唔同,英國同離開英帝國嘅殖民地,好多都仲喺英聯邦成員,就算唔係英聯邦成員,好似美國、愛爾蘭同香港,都保持住同英國好緊密嘅文化聯繫。亦係咁,英國,同呢啲前英殖民地嘅關係好剪不斷理還亂。

由於英國係英聯邦文化發源地,所以睇唔起其餘英國殖民地。而The King’s speech講係:英國係應該同其他英殖民地一齊,平等相待,共同維持英聯邦文化。

而呢套揀喬治六世喺澳洲言語治療師協助下解決口吃問題嘅往事,擺明今日嚟討論就好有趣。由於澳洲係以往英國流放監犯嘅地方,所以重視階級出身嘅英國人,特別英格蘭人係睇唔起澳洲,由片中聖公會主教果番叫國王搵英格蘭有資歷專家嘅對白睇到晒出嚟。但實情係,英國本土喺困難中,查實係要呢啲前英國殖民地幫手。

片中嘅國王,唔單只代表當時嘅英國,亦代表今日嘅英國,英國內部有好多問題,以至歷史遺留嘅嘢,但唔可以一個人獨力解決,亦唔可以只困於英國自己傳統嘅偏見嚟解決。

當然,引入英聯邦文化,唔代表英國文化嘅失落,片中嘅言語治療師,最鍾意同仔女玩莎士比亞劇有關遊戲就知。英聯邦國家之間嘅關係,將肯定持續係一個討論嘅議題,而這亦相信係,成套電影以外一個弦外之音。

後話:

對於喺君主立憲定共和政體兩邊爭拗嘅澳洲,The King’s speech果然係支持君主立憲體制班友嘅武器

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy

只不過,套片嘅主角Colin Firth,係反對君主立憲,甚至因為Liberal Democrat無阻止聯合政府亂cut budget,憤而退出Liberal Democrat,保唔保留君主,都係一個惹火議題。但小弟而言,會繼續支持君主立憲體制,日後香港倘若獨立,小弟都會傾向跟隨加拿大、澳洲、紐西蘭採用奉英王為國君嘅君主立憲體制。

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3 responses to “再談The King’s speech

  1. S

    Indeed. The monarchy is an icon of a shared culture, tradition, heritage, self-recognition, sense of citizenship, and so on and so forth. This is also the reason why Fijians are still recognising the Queen as a paramount chief even though the country is nominally republic. And in practice, the governors general in commonwealth realms are nothing much different from the non-executive presidents in parliamentary republics.

  2. Indeed, when you look at the furnitures used in the House of Commons, you will notice how the commonwealth had helped the UK during the great wars. I visited there once and I was told that the tables in the middle, the box holding documents and even the door was donated by those realms upon the request of the UK.

  3. echykr

    英國同其他殖民宗主國都唔同,英國同離開英帝國嘅殖民地,好多都仲喺英聯邦成員,就算唔係英聯邦成員,好似美國、愛爾蘭同香港,都保持住同英國好緊密嘅文化聯繫。亦係咁,英國,同呢啲前英殖民地嘅關係好剪不斷理還亂。

    Martin, you’re forgetting a major ex-colony of Britain – India. Even the previous Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire is a joint British-Bollywood production, you see. 🙂

    Indeed, just as an Australian has helped the British King in the past, now the British are looking to emulate the Australians in their political system as well. The UK government is now proposing to switch from First Past the Post (FPTP) to the Alternative Vote (AV) system, which has been used in Australia for over 80 years, and would be up for referendum in the UK in May. (The Australians and New Zealanders have always been pioneers in experimenting new political methods before their ex-colonial master, from women suffrage and universal suffrage to lowering the voting age. )

    Martin, what is your stance with AV? Would you be encouraging BNOs in UK to take part in the referendum?

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