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Colin Firth hosts The People Speak (1m 15s)
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The People Speak event in the UK took place in 2010 in London’s West End.

BAFTA award-winning actor Colin Firth hosted and narrated the UK People Speak event, co-ordinating over 20 other famous performers from British stage and screen including Sir Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellen, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kelly Macdonald, Joss Stone, Noel Clarke, Celia Imrie, Arundhati Roy, Juliet Stevenson and Mark Steel. Together they brought to life leaders from our past and their fight against inequality, injustice and democracy for social justice.

The documentary film, broadcast on HISTORY™ later that year is based on the theatre event London. It gives voice to the ordinary British people who spoke up for justice throughout British history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and democracy.

The event illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take our democracy for granted. It is based on the highly successful US documentary film called The People Speak that charts American history and the successful theatre performances that led up to it.

Find out more about the star-studded event at London's Prince of Wales theatre where history was brought to life by going on to the project's main site at HISTORY. HISTORY broadcasts on the Sky Channel 529, Sky HD 545 and Virgin TV 234. Visit

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The People Speak US Event (3m 14s)

US event

The People Speak in the United States is both a documentary feature film and a movement to bring history to life.

The film uses drama to gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout American history, forging a nation from the bottom up and defining democracy through powerful words and actions.  It features performances from Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Bruce Springsteen, Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman and others.

Find out more about communities involved in creating change in the US and the film.