05 May 2022

ALLELUJAH

Pathé is delighted to release the first images from its new feature film, ALLELUJAH, a darkly comic tale about
surviving old age.

Based on the stage play by Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George, The Lady in The Van), with screenplay by Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife, Cranford) and directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on A Scandal, Iris).

The film stars Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Judi Dench (Notes On A Scandal, Iris), Derek Jacobi (I Claudius, Frasier), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones), Julia McKenzie (Guys And Dolls, Sweeney Todd), Russell Tovey (The History Boys) and Bally Gill (Ian Charleson Award 2019).

Footage from the film, which recently completed principal photography, will be screened at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Pathe plans to theatrically release the film in the UK early next year, coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of the NHS.

When the geriatric ward of a small Yorkshire hospital is 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 celebrates the spirit of the elderly patients whilst paying tribute to 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…

Richard Eyre, stated:

"Heidi adapted Alan's play very cleverly, and the two of them produced a wonderful, thought-provoking script - very funny but also deeply moving. They challenge us to think hard about how, as a society, we should care for the old. The film is an urgent call to arms to support our public health services. Thankfully, the combination of good jokes and an important subject made it irresistible to some of our best - and best-known - actors.”

ALLELUJAH Is Produced by Kevin Loader (The Lady In The Van, The Personal History Of David Copperfield, The Death Of Stalin) and Damian Jones (The Lady In The Van, Belle, Absolutely Fabulous, The Iron Lady).
Eyre’s creative team includes Director of Photography, Ben Smithard (The Father, Downton Abbey); Costume Designer, Jacqueline Durran (Little Women, Darkest Hour); Hair and Make-up 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, Nicholas Hytner, Charles Moore and Paul Grindey.

Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland and will handle sales for the rest of the world.