The Duke special screening with live Q&A

A special screening of The Duke, co-written by our Senior Partner Clive Coleman and starring Oscar winners Dame Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, will be held by the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund at the Barbican Cinema on 28 February, followed by a live Q&A session with Jim Broadbent, Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

The Q&A will be introduced by Clive’s former BBC colleague Will Gompertz and chaired by Dame Linda Dobbs, former High Court judge.

The film tells the true and truly amazing story of the theft of Francisco Goya’s famous portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in 1961, and the subsequent Old Bailey trial of Kempton Bunton, an out of work cab driver from Denton Burn in Newcastle for the theft. The trial was so extraordinary it forced the government of the day to change the law of theft. Clive wrote the screenplay with his writing partner Richard Bean (‘One Man Two Guvnors’) and the film was directed by the late Roger Michell (‘Notting Hill’, ‘Changing Lanes’). It also starred Fionn Whitehead, Matthew Goode, and Anna Maxwell-Martin. Clive and Richard have previously collaborated on the plays ‘Great Britain’ at the National Theatre and ‘Young Marx’ at the Bridge theatre, both directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.

Founded in 1808, the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund gives small grants to ex-prisoners and their families in London, to help them stop offending and start a new life, and is today the chosen charity of the Old Bailey judges. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Fund.

The event will be held from 5:30pm on Tuesday 28 February at the Barbican.

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