British Film Festival – The Duke Movie Review

Catching up with this crowd-pleaser after missing the opening night screening was well worth the effort. It’s a fantastic way to escape from the day-to-day and get lost in the magic of the cinema while getting to know this unlikely hero. Jim Broadbent plays Kempton Bunton, an understated firebrand and champion of the little man.

The film starts when his protest against the TV levee that the Poms inflicted back in the sixties lands him in jail where he does time. Broadbent is perfectly cast as the heart of gold Bunton as is the always impeccable Helen Mirren as his long-suffering wife Dorothy. His activities escalate until he is accused of stealing a portrait of the Duke of Wellington by the Spanish painter Goya.



Getting the components correct for a true feel-good experience is not an easy task. It’s a fine line between motivation and maudlin and The Duke is an expert at keeping that balance just right. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend some quality time with this easy going treasure of a film.
Rob Hudson

The Duke screenings in Brisbane
Palace Barracks
Wednesday 17, November 3:45 PM
Sunday 21, November 3:30 PM
Wednesday 24, November 1:30 PM
Friday 26, November 6:15 PM
Monday 29, November 10:50 AM

Palace James St
Tuesday 16, November 1:30 PM
Saturday 20, November 8:30 PM
Sunday 21, November 1:30 PM
Tuesday 23, November 1:30 PM
Saturday 27, November 5:45 PM
Tuesday 30, November 1:30 PM

The British Film Festival takes place in Brisbane from Wednesday 3 November until Wednesday 1 December and films will be shown exclusively at the Palace Barracks and James St Cinemas. Click here for more information about the festival, or head to the official website for more information and to book your tickets!