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Launceston to enjoy summer of great films with FLIC

Watching a movie with your family or a group of pals - what could be better?!

FLIC has two great films coming up this July and August, which will be screened in Launceston Town Hall.

The first of the two screenings is The Duke (cert. 12A, 95 mins) on Friday, 1st July at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm with refreshments available.

This comedy drama stars Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Heather Craney and Stephen Rashbrook. 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.

The second film to be screened is The Phantom of the Open (cert. 12A, 106 mins) on Friday 5th August at 7.30pm. Again, doors open at 6.30pm with refreshments available.

Another comedy drama, starring Mark Rylance, Ian Porter, Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans, The Phantom of the Open tells the heart-warming true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. This humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.

Tickets available on the door, at Launceston Tourist Visitor Centre (01566 772321) or online at Cornish Riviera Box Office – or by phone on (01726 63513).


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