Directed by: Roger Michell
UK, 2020, 96m, Rated R
In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first and only theft in the gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly, and he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge—Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage. How and why he used The Duke to achieve that is the story behind this entertaining and wonderfully uplifting tale. Starring two of the world’s greatest actors, Oscar® winners Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Jim Broadbent (Iris), directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), and co-written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), the expertly crafted The Duke is an extraordinary true story that’s funny, charming, and downright irresistible.