He only borrowed a Goya to do some good, to give pensioners free television . In September, The Duke starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren will arrive in UK and Irish Cinemas. Today Pathe UK have released a behind the scenes Featurette that brings light to this fascinating story of a 60 year old Taxi Driver who steals Goya’s portrait of The Duke Of Wellington. Only to return the painting when the government provides more care for pensioners and free Television.
It sounds too good to be true, it is a true story and this promo does it best tease the moving and funny story…
THE DUKE is a moving true story that celebrates a man who was determined to live a meaningful life. Set in 1961, it follows the 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 proceeded to send ransom notes declaring that he would only return the painting on the condition that the government invest more in care for the elderly, specifically bringing attention to his long running campaign for pensioners to receive free television.
What happened next is the stuff of legends…only 50 years later did the full story emerge and it was revealed that 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 that will be seen on film for the first time.
The film cast also includes the likes of Matthew Goode, Charlotte Spencer, Fionn Whitehead, and John Heffernan.
The Duke will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 3rd September.