The Lady in the Van (2015)

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  • IMDb page: The Lady in the Van (2015)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 314 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 15 January 2016 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: Gloucester Crescent, Camden Town, London, England, UK
  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Stars: Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: George Fenton   

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Alan Bennett 

Known Trivia

  • Three of the actors in this movie have starred in the Harry Potter film series: Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent and Frances de la Tour. However, all three actors have not starred in one film together. 21 of 22 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • At the Hay Festival on 27 May 2015, screenwriter Alan Bennett said “The story told by this film took place 40 and more years ago and Miss Shepherd is long since dead. She was difficult and eccentric but above all she was poor. And these days particularly the poor don’t get much of a look in. Poverty is a moral failing today as it was under the Tudors. If the film has a point, it’s about fairness and tolerance and however grudgingly helping the less fortunate, who are not well thought of these days. And now likely to be even less so.” 8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Six of the actors have also starred in another film together. Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Samuel Anderson, Stephen Campbell Moore and Samuel Barnett all starred in The History Boys (2006). 5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Adapted by Alan Bennett from his own 1999 stage play and 2009 BBC Radio 4 drama both of the same name. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that's parked in his driveway. |  »

Story: A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway.

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Produced By:

  • Faiza Hosenie known as line producer
  • Nicholas Hytner known as producer
  • Damian Jones known as producer
  • Kevin Loader known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Maggie Smith known as Miss Shepherd
  • Dominic Cooper known as Theatre Actor
  • James Corden known as Street Trader
  • Jim Broadbent known as Underwood
  • Russell Tovey
  • Frances de la Tour known as Ursula Vaughan Williams
  • Stephen Campbell Moore known as Doctor
  • Roger Allam known as Rufus
  • Eleanor Matsuura known as American Journalist
  • Samuel Anderson known as Jehovah's Witness
  • Sacha Dhawan known as Doctor Malik
  • Alex Jennings known as Alan Bennett
  • Dermot Crowley known as Priest
  • Samuel Barnett known as Donald
  • Marion Bailey known as Convent Housekeeper
  • Deborah Findlay known as Pauline
  • David Calder known as Mr. Fairchild
  • Elliot Levey known as Director
  • Jamie Parker known as Estate Agent
  • Gwen Taylor known as Mam
  • June Watson known as Woman at Day Centre
  • Geoffrey Streatfeild known as Attractive Man (as Geoffrey Streatfield)
  • Harriet Thorpe known as Customer
  • Rosalind Knight known as Old Nun
  • George Taylor known as Policeman
  • Pandora Colin known as Mrs. Perry
  • Richard Banks known as Neighbour
  • Tom Coulston known as Smiling Pallbearer
  • Aaron Neil known as Grocer
  • Cecilia Noble known as Miss Briscoe
  • Giles Cooper known as Passer-By
  • Sam McArdle known as The Biker
  • Clare Hammond known as Young Miss Shephard
  • Jessica Bastick-Vines known as Pauline and Rufus' Daughter

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  • Doone Forsyth known as hair and makeup
  • Lucy Friend known as make up & hair artist: daily
  • Nadine Keiser known as trainee makeup and hair
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth

Art Department:

  • Felix Beard known as props
  • Kevin Day known as stand-by props
  • Muffin Green known as property master
  • Lettie Grumbar known as petty cash buyer
  • Ben Johnson known as assistant property master
  • Louise Lannen known as art department assistant
  • Alicia Grace Martin known as graphic designer
  • Katie Money known as stand-by art director
  • Richard Rowntree known as greensman
  • Stuart Silver known as dressings props


Production Companies:

  • BBC Films
  • TriStar Productions

Other Companies:

  • Above the Line Set Assistance & Security  security
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Coach House Studios  DIT vehicle & kit
  • Coach House Studios  LTO tape archiving
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • HireWorks  post-production facilities
  • Panalux  lighting
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by (as Panavision London)
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Sony Classical  soundtrack

Additional Details


  • Sony Pictures Classics (2016) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through Universal Pictures International)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through)

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Special Effects:

  • Union Visual Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Maxwell Alexander known as digital compositor
  • Amy Davis known as digital compositor: Union VFX
  • Agueda Del Castillo known as lead compositor
  • Caroline Delgado known as visual effects artist
  • Manuel Huertas known as digital compositor
  • Taskin Kenan known as digital compositor
  • João Menezes known as visual effects
  • Mervyn New known as visual effects supervisor
  • Adam Redhead known as visual effects artist
  • James Roberts known as lead visual effects artist
  • Aurora Shannon known as colour assist
  • Noga Alon Stein known as vfx line producer
  • Helen Streeter known as vfx production coordinator
  • Ben Wilson known as visual effects artist

MPAA: Rated PG – 13 for a brief unsettling image


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