The Duke (12A)

The Duke (12A)

Friday 30 September 2022
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

Platform Cinema

Book here now: £9 full price • £7 or £5 if you prefer, please pay what you can*

A wonderfully uplifting tale, based on an improbable true story, starring Jim Broadbent & Dame Helen Mirren.

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 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.

Here’s the trailer:

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