Starts Sun 26 Dec at:
The Duke is the true story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history.
'A ridiculously charming British Comedy." The Playlist
Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on the condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. 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 a wonderfully uplifting tale.
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Mail
★★★★ The I, Financial Times, The Times
★★★★ "This spry and sometimes sentimental caper from Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is an unabashed crowd-pleaser, with a real-life Robin Hood at its centre." Radio Times
"Gloriously entertaining, with Broadbent and Mirren on excellent form. A quintessentially British film which, while it doesn't reinvent the cinematic experience, is sure to be enjoyed by many." HeyUGuys
"Bring your mum and your gran (or anyone's gran if yours is not available) preferably to a matinee, and you'll have a delightful time and be home, whistling cheerfully, in time for tea. " The Playlist
"A perfectly nimble, kind-hearted bit of teatime entertainment - ideally tailored to Jim Broadbent in one of his most appealing big-screen roles." Variety
"This is the kind of British film with an international appeal: the venerable cast, genial tone, inspirational story, and mischievous English eccentricity are all present and correct. Settle in, preferably with a nice cup of tea to hand, and enjoy." Indiewire
Venice Film Festival 2020