The unlikely, slowly deepening bond between playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and a cantankerous, malodorous homeless woman (Maggie Smith) is recreated with warm affection by director Nicholas Hytner. It tells the story of a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

“As audiences have come to expect from bennett, the film sparkles with gems of dialogue and astute observations about human nature and everyday frailties” Screendaily