The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 44min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Written by: Alan Bennett
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Dominic Cooper, James Corden
  • UK release: 13 November 2015

Writer Alan Bennett (Jennings, uncanny) allows cantankerous drifter Miss Shepherd (Smith) to make his Camden Town driveway her home for 15 years. Bennett's screenplay of this 'autobiopic' is a delight, showing how human kindness can be hilariously begrudging, but some of its conceits can be distracting.

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The Lady in the Van

14 Oct 20153 stars

LFF 2015: A community is driven round the bend in Alan Bennett's hilarious autobiopic

'I'm not a saint, just lazy,' explains Alan Bennett (played uncannily by Alex Jennings) when asked about his decision to allow cantankerous drifter Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith) to make his Camden Town driveway her home from 1974 to 1989. Even as he…

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