The Lady in the Van


Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2015
Run Time:104 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nicholas Hytner
Cast:Maggie Smith
Jim Broadbent
Alex Jennings


The Lady in the Van” kicks off a month-long tribute to Dame Maggie Smith with a special “Maggie Mondays” series in March featuring a different Maggie Smith film every Monday.

Maggie Smith was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her lead role in “The Lady in the Van”.

Alan Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by the magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.

Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett to bring this rare and touching portrait to the screen.

“A bizarre and fascinating true story. A total delight so rare in movies today. Maggie Smith gives a spectacular performance.” — Rex Reed, New York Observer

“Acting legend Maggie Smith’s tour de force!” — Lou Lumenick, New York Post

“This is one of the best film performances from an actress who’s universally admired.” — Tim Gray, Variety