Movie director Roger Michell delivers a new movie in 2022. “The Duke”, a drama movie inspired by real life events, and opening on May 11, 2022, in French movie theaters.
Roger Michell is the one who directed the iconic “Notting Hill”. We also owe him “Hyde Park on Hudson”, “Morning Glory”, “Le Week-End”, “My Cousin Rachel”, and “Blackbird”. He is also behind the “Elizabeth” documentary, opening on May 27, on Prime Video and on May 11 in movie theaters.
In “The Duke”, Roger Michell tells the real story of Kempton Bunton who stole Goya’s painting “Portrait of the Duke of Wellington”. The movie stars Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Fionn Whitehead, Aimee Kelly and Craig Conway.
In 1961, Kempton Bunton – a sixty-year-old cab driver – steals Goya’s Portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the London National Gallery. He then sends ransom demands, threatening to give the painting back on the condition the government makes television free for elderly people. This true story tells how a harmless retired man became wanted by all the polices in Great Britain, succeeding in the first (and only) theft in the history of the museum.