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|Contributor||Christopher Bunton, Nicky Bentham, Andrea Scarso, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Heppell, Matthew Goode, Roger Michell, Clive Coleman, Helen Mirren, Cameron McCracken, Jenny Borgars, Peter Scarf, Fionn Whitehead, Richard Bean See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 35 minutes|
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.
- Making Of Featurette
- Nothing But The Truth Featurette
- Q&A with Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren and Producer Nicky Bentham, hosted by Anna Smith
- Rated : Suitable for 12 years and over
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 19 x 13.7 x 1.7 cm; 80 Grams
- Director : Roger Michell
- Media Format : PAL, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : 13 Jun. 2022
- Actors : Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Matthew Goode
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Pathway Pub
- Producers : Nicky Bentham, Cameron McCracken, Jenny Borgars, Andrea Scarso, Hugo Heppell
- ASIN : B09T135ZVB
- Country of origin : United Kingdom
- Writers : Richard Bean, Clive Coleman
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 29 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Aside from the actual key storyline, which is related professionally enough, it has none of the charm that I thought it might, either related to the characters or to the period and setting. It looked like it might in the first ten minutes or so but then neither of these eleemnts were developed further. Maybe the central true life character was monoplanar but I have never found anyone in real life to be so, and consequently here there was a failure in the writing.
There was also little scope in the writing either for Broadbent or Mirren to have any fun or to do anything more interesting, which is a pity, as, juding from the story alone, I would think they could have done a lot with it as actors, had they been in receipt of a different script.
A huge missed opportunity, I think.
But overall I’m struggling to understand that praise that’s been lavished on this film. OK, it’s a genuine British production and the visual period detail, so often an Achilles heel, is done very well. The sequence in London with Jim Broadbent being digitally inserted into footage of the time worked particularly well. However the script didn’t reflect 1961 and that spoiled the film for me!
So it’s a curate’s egg, Jim Broadbent makes it worth a watch but my copy will be making its way to the charity shop in the very near future.
Helen Mirren is fantastic as the dour, bereaved mum struggling to keep her family afloat! Jim Broadbent makes this film though, despite his slightly muddled quasi-Geordie accent!
A lovely story, made all the better by its foundation in fact. Highly recommended!