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The Lady in the Van ()


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A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway.

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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Miss Shepherd
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Underwood
Clare Hammond ...
Young Margaret Fairchild
George Fenton ...
Conductor
BBC Concert Orchestra ...
The British Symphony Orchestra
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Alan Bennett
Jamie Parker ...
Estate Agent
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Pauline
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Rufus
Richard Griffiths ...
Sam Perry
Pandora Colin ...
Fiona Perry
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Giles Perry
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Actor
Giles Cooper ...
Passer by
Tom Klenerman ...
Tom Perry
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Mam
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Mrs Vaughan Williams
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Lois, Social Worker
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Market Trader
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Policeman
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Leo Fairchild
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Interviewer
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Lady Wiggin
Charlie Hancock ...
Men Shaking Van
Dan Raza ...
Men Shaking Van
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Priest
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Man in Confessional
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Out of Work Actor
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Young Man with Earring
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Jehovah's Witnesses
Michelle Reid ...
Jehovah's Witnesses
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Another Young Man
Rosalind Knight ...
Old Nun
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Theatre Director
Sarah Lieberson ...
Stage Manager
Cecilia Noble ...
Miss Briscoe, Social Worker
Hannah Watson ...
Broadstairs Pianist
Linda Broughton ...
Edith Fairchild
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Doctor at Old Peoples Home
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Housekeeper at Convent
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Doctor at Gloucester Crescent
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Ambulance Man
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Day Care Centre Worker
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Woman in Day Centre
Sam McArdle ...
Biker (as Sam McCardle)
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God
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
Alan's Partner
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Alan Bennett (2014)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Banks ...
Neighbour (uncredited)
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Pauline and Rufus' Daughter (uncredited)
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Concert Attendee (uncredited)
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Smiling Pallbearer (uncredited)
Edward Heath ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Janette Sharpe ...
Passerby (uncredited)
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Nosy Neighbour (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Nicholas Hytner

Written by

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Alan Bennett ... (screenplay)
 
Alan Bennett ... (memoir)

Produced by

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Faiza Hosenie ... line producer
Nicholas Hytner ... producer
Damian Jones ... producer
Miles Ketley ... executive producer
Christine Langan ... executive producer
Kevin Loader ... producer
Charles Moore ... executive producer
Ed Wethered ... executive producer

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Andrew Dunn ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tariq Anwar

Editorial Department

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Katrina Annan ... first assistant editor
Paul Ensby ... digital intermediate colourist
Emily Greenwood ... digital conform
Jahanzeb Hayat ... digital intermediate producer
Gavin McCarron ... data technician
Stuart Nippard ... digital conform
Kira Fitzpatrick ... junior digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Chris Francis ... colour assistant (uncredited)
Todd Kleparski ... head of production: Company 3 UK (uncredited)
John Quartel ... director of technology (uncredited)

Casting By

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Toby Whale

Production Design by

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John Beard

Art Direction by

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Tim Blake

Set Decoration by

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Niamh Coulter

Costume Design by

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Natalie Ward

Makeup Department

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Naomi Donne ... hair designer / makeup designer
Andrea Finch ... key hair/makeup artist
Doone Forsyth ... hair and makeup artist
Belinda Hodson ... makeup artist
Nadine Keiser ... makeup trainee
Chris Lyons ... special effects teeth
Peter Owen ... wig supplier
Norma Webb ... key makeup artist
Nik Williams ... prosthetics
Nathaniel De'Lineadeus ... dental fx design and manufacture (uncredited)
Lucy Friend ... make up & hair artist: daily (uncredited)

Production Management

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Louise Seymour ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kevin Loader ... second unit director
Nikki Molloy ... second assistant director
Sam Smith ... third assistant director
Nige Watson ... first assistant director
Michael Groom ... second unit third assistant director (uncredited)
Timothy Wood ... third assistant director: crowd, dailies (uncredited)

Art Department

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Nicola Barnes ... art department researcher
Felix Beard ... assistant props dresser
Kevin Day ... standby props
Mike Dowling ... painter
Alice Felton ... production buyer
Patrick Ffrench ... trainee prop assistant
Andrew Forrest ... standby props (as Andy Forrest)
John Gibson ... standby carpenter
Muffin Green ... property master
Ben Johnson ... dressing props
Louise Lannen ... art department assistant
Nick Linden ... construction
Darren Mackay ... standby rigger
Alicia Grace Martin ... graphic designer (as Alicia Martin)
Katie Money ... standby art director
Giles Rowntree ... construction manager
Stuart Silver ... dressings props
Stuart Sinclair ... head of department: painter
Zoe Smith ... production buyer
Robbie Turner ... construction
Josh Wardale ... construction
Richard Wardale ... head of department: construction
Mark Woods ... standby painter
Lettie Grumbar ... petty cash buyer (uncredited)
Sean Leishman ... dressing props (uncredited)
Richard Rowntree ... greensman (uncredited)
Sebastian Wood ... assistant to art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christopher Ackland ... supervising sound editor
Dafydd Archard ... re-recording mixer
Simon Bysshe ... boom operator
Dickie Earll ... sound assistant
Peter Gleaves ... adr recordist
Rashad Hall-Heinz ... production sound mixer (as Rashad Omar)
Craig Irving ... re-recording mixer
Robert Karlsson ... consultant: Dolby Sound
Nick Kray ... adr recordist
Keith Marriner ... dialogue editor
Adam Mendez ... foley mixer (as Adam Méndez)
William Miller ... sound assistant
Jack Stew ... foley artist
Max Walsh ... sound mix technician
Jack Wensley ... assistant sound editor
Dario Swade ... foley editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Neal Champion ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Maxwell Alexander ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Tim Caplan ... visual effects producer: Union VFX
Marta Cañavate ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Alan Cocksedge ... visual effects artist: Union VFX
Laura Coumbe ... roto artist: Union VFX
Lucas Manuel Cuenca ... 3d artist: Union VFX
Amy Davis ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Agueda Del Castillo ... lead compositor: Union VFX
Caroline Delgado ... roto artist: Union VFX
Alexander Ha ... camera track: Union VFX
Manuel Huertas ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Taskin Kenan ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Mervyn New ... visual effects supervisor
Dillan Nicholls ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Noel O'Malley ... camera track: Union VFX
Maria Peralta Ramos ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Adam Redhead ... visual effects artist: Union VFX
Susanna Riccio ... roto artist: Union VFX
James Roberts ... lead visual effects artist: Union VFX
Noga Alon Stein ... visual effects line producer: Union VFX
Gareth Stevenson ... 3d artist: Union VFX
Helen Streeter ... visual effects coordinator: Union VFX
Dan Victoire ... visual effects compositor: Union VFX
Ben Wilson ... 3d artist: Union VFX
Olivia Beresford ... compositor (uncredited)
João Menezes ... visual effects (uncredited)
Aurora Shannon ... colour assist (uncredited)
Linda Spaggiari ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Shelly Benison ... stunt performer
Nellie Burroughes ... stunt performer
Joel Conlan ... stunt performer
Derek Lea ... stunt coordinator
Nellie Burroughes ... stunt double: Maggie Smith (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Wailoon Chung ... electrician
Nicola Dove ... still photographer
Andrew Dunn ... camera operator
John Evans ... focus puller
John Ellis Evans ... first assistant camera (as John Evans)
Simon Finney ... camera operator: second unit, Oxfordshire
Richard Jakes ... clapper loader
Rick James ... camera trainee
Jack Knott ... video assist
Aaran Lewis Leach ... camera trainee
Andy Long ... gaffer
Darren Mackay ... Stand by rigger
Liam McGill ... best boy
John Paxton ... digital imaging technician
Jan Pester ... camera operator: second unit, Yorkshire
Joel Silcox ... video assist
Simon Thorpe ... key grip
Martyn Welland ... electrician (as Martin Welland)
James Clat Worthy ... grip trainee
Deloris Collins ... d.i.t. assistant: dailies (uncredited)
Francesco Ferrari ... first assistant camera: dailies (uncredited)
Tristan Haley ... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Lee Johnson ... electrician: dailies (uncredited)
Ossie McLean ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Ryan Turner ... crane/remote head technician (uncredited)
Jason Wells ... electrician: dailies (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Anna Cooper ... casting assistant
Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Daisy Babbington ... costume assistant
Richard Bass ... costume daily
Clementine Charity ... assistant costume designer
Johanna Elf ... costume daily: dailies
Rosie Hackett ... costume ager
Lee Kenny ... costume daily
Asia Macey ... costume assistant
Tessa Phillips ... costume daily
Vanessa Preuss ... costume trainee
Louise Sorrentino ... costume ager
Gabrielle Spanswick ... costume supervisor
Georgina Sparrow ... costume daily
Bex Waite ... costume daily
Chloe Forestier-Walker ... costume trainee (uncredited)
Iona Smith Oliver ... stand-by: daily (uncredited)

Location Management

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Chris Barnett ... location assistant
Chris Barnett ... location assistant
Hannah Lamb ... assistant location manager
Helene Lenszner ... location manager
Jojo Warne ... unit manager
Dan Connolly ... location manager (uncredited)
Caroline Lloyd-Price ... locations scout: United Kingdom (uncredited)

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Chris Barrett ... assistant music engineer
Helen Davies ... musician: day centre pianist
George Fenton ... conductor
Clare Hammond ... musician: piano solo
Julian Kershaw ... orchestrator
Samuel Pegg ... orchestrator
John Prestage ... recordist: Pro Tools
Bill Silcock ... music preparation
Graham Sutton ... music editor
Zsolt-Tihamer Vistonay ... orchestra leader (as Zsolt-Tihamér Vistonay)
Nick Wollage ... music mixer / music recordist

Transportation Department

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Phil Ashman ... facilities captain
Symon Butcher ... transportation captain
Mark Gill ... facilities captain
Matthew Hamilton ... facilities provider
Stewart Homan ... picture vehicle coordinator
Mo Zadeh ... unit driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Jacqui Barr ... marketing executive: BBC Films
Zoe Brown ... head of legal and business affairs: BBC Films
Neil Calder ... completion guarantor
Anita Christy ... script supervisor
Matt Curtis ... titles designer
Robin Davies ... assistant: Kevin Loader
Maxine Davis ... financial controller
Ben Dawes ... production assistant
Niamh Dilworth ... director's assistant
Erin Duffy ... production coordinator
Beatrice Galloway ... trainee floor runner
Helen Giles ... legal and business affairs manager: BBC Films
Beth Grant ... floor runner
Dawn Greenlagh ... unit medic
Neil Hodge ... chef
Ruth Hodgson ... completion guarantor
Jenny Hutt ... director's assistant
Steve Joberns ... auditor
Alexander Lea ... production legal services
Ryan Locke ... head of security
Charles McDonald ... publicist
Tanya Mellotte ... assistant accountant
Pullen Paul ... unit medic
Malcolm Pearce ... health & safety officer
Daniel Rogers ... health and safety advisor
Ros Rosenberg ... double: Maggie Smith
Ruth Sanders ... legal and production assistant: BBC Films
Guy Sheppard ... production legal services
Holly Sutherland ... assistant production coordinator
George Taylor ... double: Alan Bennett
Michael Wood ... senior business manager: BBC Films
Joanna Allsop ... trainee accountant (uncredited)
Sashi Arnold ... floor runner: Crowd (uncredited)
Julie Hill ... script clearances (uncredited)
Garry Marriott ... medic (uncredited)
Rod Marsh ... set security (uncredited)
Claire McGrane ... operations manager: Company 3 (uncredited)
Lumumba Mosquera ... svp business & legal affairs (uncredited)
Richard Ryder ... dialect coach (uncredited)

Thanks

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Johan Coombes ... special thanks
Anthony Jones ... special thanks
Rupert Thomas ... special thanks
Dinah Wood ... special thanks
Colleen Woodcock ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild (died 1989), a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.

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Also Known As
  • Lady in the Van (World-wide, English title)
  • A Senhora da Van (Brazil)
  • Леди в фургоне (Russia)
  • Dama iz dvorišta (Serbia)
  • Zoraki Komsu (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 104 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP2,256,121, 15 Nov 2015

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was shot in the actual house on the actual street where the events took place, Gloucester Crescent in Camden Town. Some of the same people still lived there when the star prop arrived, decades later. See more »
Goofs There are a couple of historical mistakes which the filmmakers perhaps missed, and which show the hazard of filming in today's environment. In one of the early street scenes, circa 1974, Miss Shepherd is seen walking away from a crossroads. The traffic signals shown there are a modern design, not introduced until 1997. In another scene where she is seen with Alan Bennett near the gates of the convent, the block of flats in the background have modern double-glazing. In the 1970s, this would either have been single-glazed with wood frames or light aluminium. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Alan Bennett at 80: Bennett Meets Hytner (2014). See more »
Soundtracks London's Burning See more »
Crazy Credits During the first part of the credits, a young Margaret can be seen playing the piano at her concert in King's Hall. See more »
Quotes Rufus: Sorry, you can't park here.
Miss Shepherd: No, I've had guidance. This is where it should go.
Rufus: Guidance? Who from?
Miss Shepherd: The Virgin Mary. I spoke to her yesterday. She was outside the post office.
Rufus: What does she know about parking?
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