- Status: Completed
- Score: 6.7/10
- Director: Nicholas Hytner
- Country: UK
- Year: 2015
- Duration: 104 min
- Genres: Biography,Comedy,Drama,
A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway.
This movie tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings’) strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd (Dame Maggie Smith), an eccentric homeless woman who Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden house. She stayed there for fifteen years. As the story develops, Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild (died 1989), a former gifted pupil of 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.
Maggie Smith, Clare Hammond, BBC Concert Orchestra, Jamie Parker, Roger Allam, Pandora Colin, Dominic Cooper, Tom Klenerman, Jim Broadbent, George Fenton, Alex Jennings, Deborah Findlay, Richard Griffiths, Nicholas Burns, Giles Cooper,