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The Duke

The Duke

7th September 2022 7:00 pm

Wednesday 7th September – THE DUKE (12A)

We open our 2022/2023 season with the return of two Rural Cinema favourites (Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent) in The Duke. Although a 2020 film, it has only been available on ‘streaming services’, until very recently.

The priceless true story.

In 1961, 60-year-old Kempton Bunton stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage.

“I did not realise this was based on a true story till the end but that just made the film even more special. It’s just a simple story about a simple man that is just so quintessentially British.