Magazine article Screen International

Lady in the Van First Look

Magazine article Screen International

Lady in the Van First Look

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The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.

Sony Pictures has released the first official image from TriStar and BBC Films feature The Lady In The Van showing Dame Maggie Smith in character as the eccentric Miss Shepherd.

The big screen adaptation of writer Alan Bennett's iconic memoir is directed by long-standing Bennett collaborator Nicholas Hytner.

The film tells the true story of the relationship between Bennett and Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

Sony Pictures has also announced that the film will release in cinemas across the UK on Nov 13, 2015.

The first official picture shows Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter), on location in London alongside co-star Alex Jennings (The Queen), who plays Bennett.

The movie is being filmed on the very street, and in the actual house, where Bennett lived in Camden Town. Bennett has also been present on set watching his life being re-enacted.

The wider cast has also been confirmed and includes Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent, Deborah Findlay, Roger Allam and Gwen Taylor. …

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