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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.

Starring Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Matthew Goode, and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Screenings of The Duke on Sat 9 Apr at 2pm and Thu 14 Apr at 2pm will be presented with Descriptive Subtitles.

Audio Description is available with screenings of The Duke.

Running time: 1hr 35min

  • BBFC Ratings Information

    A white supervisor at a bread factory refers to a South Asian worker as “Paki” and makes fun of his race. The man’s language and discriminatory attitudes reflect the historical period in which the film is set, and they are challenged by another character.There is infrequent strong language (‘f**k’), as well as milder bad language including uses of ‘bugger’, ‘bloody’, ‘bastard’, shit’, ‘sod’, ‘bollocks’, ‘balls’, ‘arse’, ‘piss’, ‘God’ and ‘Jesus Christ’.A scene of moderate sex features sexual moaning as a man thrusts into a woman in a standing position; the couple are clothed and filmed only from the shoulders up. There are also mild sex references.A couple talk with sadness about the death of a child. There are numerous scenes of cigarette and pipe smoking which reflect the historical period in which the film is set.