March 17 2022  |  Inflight Entertainment

British comedy “The Duke” part of Anuvu offering

By Rick Lundstrom

Anuvu has obtained the exclusive worldwide inflight distribution rights for critically acclaimed British comedy The Duke.

The Neon Films production for Pathé, Ingenious and the BBC is directed by the late Roger Michell and written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, stars Academy Award winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Since its release earlier this year, The Duke has garnered five-star ratings from critics at The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and more. The film will be available for passenger viewing beginning in June 2022.

Anuvu's decision to add The Duke to its media library comes on the heels of the inflight entertainment provider's acquisition of the exclusive worldwide rights, outside Mainland China, to Hong Kong's award-winning film Zero to Hero and China's record-breaking box office hit Hi, Mom.

"At Anuvu, we are committed to providing diverse films that drive emotion and curiosity for a global audience," said Estibaliz Asiain, Senior Vice President of Media and Content at Anuvu. "The Duke is a heart-warming comedy that is sure to make passengers smile, something we could all use right now."

The Duke celebrates a man who was determined to change the world and save his marriage. In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery. It was the first and only theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes promising to return the painting if the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next is the stuff of legend.

“We are happy to be working with the great team at Anuvu again on our latest film,” said a Pathé spokesperson.

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