The Duke

British comedy about the theft of a precious painting from the National Gallery. The perpetrator is willing to return the painting, but has a rather bizarre ransom demand.

Time & Tickets

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 agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only fifty 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 this, is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

Roger Michell, UK, 2020, 95 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Charlotte Spencer, Matthew Goode.