first trailer for upcoming British comedy-drama – Film Stories

Sounds good, that: here’s the first trailer for the already acclaimed The Duke, starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.

Forgive us, but we missed this one when it landed last week. We’re playing catch up now, though. The Duke is a film that’s been over for a long time and has already established itself as a true headliner.

It stars Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, under the direction of Roger Michell. Richard Bean and Clive Coleman wrote the screenplay, and the 1961 film will hit UK cinemas in September.

Here’s the trailer, and you’ll find the synopsis below…

And finally, this summary…

THE DUKE is the true 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 sent ransom notes saying he would return the painting on the condition that the government invest more in care for the elderly – he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next has become a legend. It wasn’t until 50 years later that the full story emerged – Kempton had woven 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 story.

More as we hear it…

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