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BFF21 The Duke

18+ 96 MIN
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Opening the Festival in 2021 is the delightful true-crime caper and underdog tale The Duke, starring the excellent Jim Broadbent (BFF20 Six Minutes to Midnight, King of Thieves) and Helen Mirren (BFF19 The Good Liar).

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 while trying to save his marriage.


OFFICIAL SELECTION – Venice Film Festival 2020.  

NOMINEE – Palic Film Festival 2021, Best Film 


"What a lovely, rousing, finally moving film this is. The Duke is unashamedly sentimental and resolutely old-fashioned in the best sense of the term. "

- The Guardian

"A glorious performance by Jim Broadbent."

- The Guardian

"This spry and sometimes sentimental caper from Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is an unabashed crowd-pleaser, with a real-life Robin Hood at its centre."

- Radio Times

Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 3rd November


96 min




Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Craig Conway, Aimée Kelly, Jack Bandeira


Roger Michell


Film Festival



Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square