Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren star in dramedy The Duke, based on a true story of a brazen British art theft.
Directed by Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill), we’ll throw it over to the people who are paid to write movie blurbs: “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. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on 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 film debuted at the Venice Film Festival last September, and currently has a 100 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
We’re awaiting confirmation of an Australian release date beyond “coming soon”, but you can watch this endearing trailer: