BFF21 OPENING NIGHT: THE DUKE 96 mins

4588 BFF21 OPENING NIGHT: THE DUKE

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Wednesday, 3 November
7:00PM 

Join us from 6:15pm for hits of the swinging 60s from Janie O, a sumptuous ploughman's grazing table from The Yorkshireman's Pie Bakery washed down with a Bulldog Gin & Tonic at the Australian premiere screening of the delightful, true-crime caper The Duke, starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent preceded by an opening address from the British Consulate's Kirsty Packer.

About the film:
In 1961, 60-year-old taxi driver Kempton Bunton (Broadbent) steals 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 tries to ransom the painting, offering to return it on the condition that the government invests more in care for the elderly - he has long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television - while his downtrodden wife (Mirren) tries to keep up appearances. What happened next became the stuff of legend and only 50 years later did the full story emerge.

Much admired director Roger Michell’s (Notting Hill, My Cousin Rachel) final feature film, The Duke is a highly entertaining and uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage.

“A glorious performance by Jim Broadbent.” The Guardian

Australian Premiere
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Venice Film Festival 2020.
NOMINEE - Palic Film Festival 2021, Best Film