25 October 2021


Pathé today announced the start of principal photography on ALLELUJAH. The feature film stars Jennifer Saunders, Bally Gill, Russell Tovey, David Bradley, Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench.

ALLELUJAH is based on the stage play written by Alan Bennett (The Lady In The Van, The Madness of King George) and is directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris). The screenplay adaptation is by Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife) and the film is produced by Damian Jones (The Lady In The Van, The Iron Lady) and Kevin Loader (The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Lady in the Van).

ALLELUJAH is the darkly comic story of a geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital threatened with closure. The hospital decides to fight back by galvanizing the local community: they invite a news crew to film their preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital’s most distinguished nurse. What could go wrong? ALLELUJAH rejoices in the antics of the wayward patients and their frazzled families, whilst celebrating the deep humanity of the medical staff battling with limited resources and ever-growing demand. But in the midst of the tears and the laughter, we slowly realise that there is something threatening the hospital that is far more lethal than the politicians demanding efficiency at any cost...

Eyre’s creative team includes Director of Photography, Ben Smithard (The Father, Downton Abbey); Costume Designer, Jacqueline Durran (Little Women, Darkest Hour); Make Up and Hair Designer, Naomi Donne (1917, Skyfall); Production Designer, Donal Woods (Downton Abbey, My Week With Marilyn): and Composer, George Fenton (The Duke, The Lady In The Van)

ALLELUJAH is a Pathé, BBC Film and Ingenious Media presentation of a DJ Films/Redstart Production. Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé; Rose Garnett for BBC Film; Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media; Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner.
Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland and will handle sales for the rest of the world.