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The priceless true story


Main Cinema

Mon 9th May 4:30pm Encore

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, 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 that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun 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 that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

Roger Michell
Nicky Bentham
Jim Broadbent
Helen Mirren
Matthew Goode
Fionn Whitehead
Anna Maxwell Martin

Release Date 31 March 2022
Classification M Sex scenes & offensive language
Running Time 95m
Countries of Origin UK
Original Languages English

Biography Comedy Drama