8 Dec Before watching “The Lady in the Van,” be forewarned that you're about to be subjected both verbally and, more regretfully, visually to the. This film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her. The Van is a film, based on the novel The Van by Roddy Doyle. Like The Snapper (), it was directed by Stephen Frears. (The first movie of the trilogy, .