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Vera Drake 2004 12

125 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s acclaimed story of a selfless woman who helps ladies with unwanted pregnancies – in 1950s Britain when abortion was illegal – is both an affecting drama and vital slice of social history.

Imelda Staunton won a Bafta and a top prize at Venice Film Festival for her astonishing performance as the fearless title character, who strives to help troubled women at the expense of her own family harmony. Writer-director Leigh expertly sidesteps the story’s obvious political and religious inferences to focus on human emotions, conveyed in his famously up-close and naturalistic style.

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Directed by

Mike Leigh


Imelda Staunton

Philip Davis

Peter Wight

Alex Kelly

Daniel Mays

Eddie Marsan

Ruth Sheen

Sally Hawkins




Oscars - Best Director Oscars - Best Original Screenplay Oscars - Best Leading Role Best of BAFTA Features


12 Contains moderate sex references and abortion theme




United Kingdom



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