• Director

    Roger Michell

  • With

    Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead

  • UK 2021. 95min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    12A

  • Courtesy of Pathé

Based on real events, The Duke is set in 1961 when Kempton Bunton (Broadbent), a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London – the first (and only) theft in the gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he’d return the painting if the government provided free TV to the elderly – only 50 years later did the full story emerge. The passing of Roger Michell in September 2021 saw a huge outpouring of grief from the industry, who admired his work in film, TV and theatre; work such as The Buddha of Suburbia, Notting Hill and Enduring Love. Before the screening we’ll be joined by producer Kevin Loader and writer Hanif Kureishi who’ll discuss Michell’s work and legacy, and post-screening we’re joined by those who worked with Michell on The Duke.

Before the screening we’ll be joined by producer Kevin Loader and writer Hanif Kureishi who’ll discuss Michell’s work and legacy, and post-screening we’re joined by those who worked with Michell on The Duke.