Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Movie Creates Diary Journals; A Woman in a Van and a Chance Meeting That Would Change His Life for Ever

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Movie Creates Diary Journals; A Woman in a Van and a Chance Meeting That Would Change His Life for Ever

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Byline: SUE AMOS BCC CINEMAS COFFS HARBOUR

BASED upon Alan Bennett's mostly true memoir, The Lady in the Van (M) is about the relationship a man forms with a transient woman, whose van is parked in his driveway.

Bennett is an awarded dramatist and screenwriter, well known for The Madness of King George (which, by the way, was one of the first films we screened 20 years ago).

An excerpt from Alan Bennett's diary.

"In the colourful and variegated background of Camden Town, Miss Mary Shepherd seems in some respects not unusual.

"She was a vagrant but a stationary one, resident for the last 15-years of her life a few feet from my front door where there was a paved area - the architect had wishfully called it a patio - just big enough to take a car. Or, as it transpired, a van."

In fact the movie was actually shot in Bennett's former house, the one where Miss Shepherd resided in her van.

The headliner for this film is none other than Dame Maggie Smith. …

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