In 1961, Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year previous taxi driver, stole Goya?s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the Nationwide Gallery in London. It was the primary (and stays the one) theft within the Gallery’s historical past.
Kempton despatched ransom notes saying that he would return the portray provided that the federal government invested extra in take care of the aged – he had lengthy campaigned for pensioners to obtain free tv.
What occurred subsequent turned the stuff of legend. Solely 50 years later did the complete story emerge – Kempton had spun an online of lies. The one reality was that he was a great man, decided to vary the world and save his marriage – how and why he used the Duke to realize that could be a splendidly uplifting story.
Roger Michell, the son of a British diplomat, was born in South Africa and as a toddler lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague. He’s a theatre and movie director. His movies embody PERSUASION, MY NIGHT WITH REG, TITANIC TOWN, NOTTING HILL, CHANGING LANES, THE MOTHER, VENUS, ENDURING LOVE, MORNING GLORY, HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, LE WEEK-END, MY COUSIN RACHEL, NOTHING LIKE A DAME and BLACKBIRD.
Runtime: 96 minutes
Directed by Roger Michell
Written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
Produced by Nicky Bentham
Anna Maxwell Martin
and Charlotte Spencer