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Written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Mike Leigh and set in England during the 1950s, this movie revolves around Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton), whose unrelenting dedication to her family is well known throughout her blue-collar town. However, there are more people than her rapidly aging mother and ill neighbor who depend on Vera's care. Though abortion was illegal and, of course, widely frowned upon in the '50s, Vera sees women going through unwanted pregnancies the same as she would anyone else -- human beings deserving of treatment. With this in mind, she regularly induces miscarriages for those who need them, and her patients are consistently grateful for her gentleness and understanding. Unfortunately for Vera, the law doesn't see her as aiding those in need; they interpret the abortions as murder, as do most of the other people in her life. When Vera's activities are revealed, her family life and relationships with those around her -- including the ones she helped nurse back to health -- are put in jeopardy. Vera Drake also features performances from Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, and Philip Davis. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:October 10, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Heather Craney Best Supporting Actress 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jacqueline Durran Best Costume Design 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mike Leigh Best Director 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mike Leigh Best Original Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mike Leigh Best Original Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mike Leigh Best Director 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Imelda Staunton Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Imelda Staunton Best Actress 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jim Clark Best Editing 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Philip Davis Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Christine Blundell Best Makeup and Hair 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Eve Stewart Best Production Design 2004 Nominee

Cast

Imelda Staunton
as Vera Drake
Philip Davis
as Stan
Peter Wight
as Detective Inspector Webster
Adrian Scarborough
as Frank
Heather Craney
as Joyce
Daniel Mays
as Sid
Alex Kelly
as Ethel
Sally Hawkins
as Susan
Eddie Marsan
as Reg
Ruth Sheen
as Lily
Helen Coker
as WPC Best
Martin Savage
as Detective Sergeant Vickers
Sinead Matthews
Alan Corduner
Lesley Sharp
Jim Broadbent
as Judge
Fenella Woolgar
Lesley Manville
as Mrs. Wells
Sandra Voe
Liz White
Elizabeth Berrington
Emma Amos
Richard Graham
as George
Anna Keaveney
as Nellie
Simon Chandler
as Mr Wells
Sam Troughton
as David
Marion Bailey
as Mrs Fowler
Chris O'Dowd
as Sid's Customer
Sid Mitchell
as Very Young Man
Leo Bill
as Ronny
Gerard Monaco
as Kenny
Tilly Vosburgh
as Mother of Seven
Alan Williams
as Sick Husband
Heather Cameron
as Child
Billie Cook
as Child
Billy Seymour
as Child
Nina Fry
as Dance Hall Girl
Lauren Holden
as Dance Hall Girl
Joanna Griffiths
as Peggy
Wendy Nottingham
as Ivy
Nicky Henson
as Private Doctor
Angie Wallis
as Nurse Willoughby
Judith Scott
as Sister Beech
Vinette Robinson
as Jamaican Girl
Rosie Cavaliero
as Married Woman
Anthony O'Donnell
as Mr Walsh
Lucy Pleasence
as Sister Coombes
Tracy O'Flaherty
as Nurse
Tom Ellis
as Police Constable
Robert Putt
as Station Sergeant
Craig Conway
as Station Constable
Jake Wood
as Ruffian
Vincent Franklin
as Mr Lewis
Michael Gunn
as Gaoler
Paul Jesson
as Magistrate
Paul Raffield
as Magistrate's Clerk
Philip Childs
as Clerk
Jeffry Wickham
as Prosecution Barrister
Nicholas Jones
as Defence Barrister
Angela Curran
as Prisoner
Eileen Davies
as Prison Officer
Angie Wallis
as Nurse Willoughby
Tilly Vosburgh
as Mother of Seven
Lucy Pleasence
as Sister Coombes
Anthony O'Donnell
as Mr Walsh
Judith Scott
as Sister Beech
Nina Fry
as Dance Hall Girl
Richard Graham
as George
Jeffry Wickham
as Prosecution Barrister
Angela Curran
as Prisoner
Craig Conway
as Station Constable
Vincent Franklin
as Mr Lewis
Marion Bailey
as Mrs Fowler
Tracy O'Flaherty
as Nurse
Joanna Griffiths
as Peggy
Anna Keaveney
as Nellie
Michael Gunn
as Gaoler
Lauren Holden
as Dance Hall Girl
Gerard Monaco
as Kenny
Jake Wood
as Ruffian
Wendy Nottingham
as Ivy
Vinette Robinson
as Jamaican Girl
Nicholas Jones
as Defence Barrister
Leo Bill
as Ronny
Sid Mitchell
as Very Young Man
Billy Seymour
as Child
Paul Jesson
as Magistrate
Billie Cook
as Child
Rosie Cavaliero
as Married Woman
Philip Childs
as Clerk
Simon Chandler
as Mr Wells
Sam Troughton
as David
Tom Ellis
as Police Constable
Robert Putt
as Station Sergeant
Chris O'Dowd
as Sid's Customer
Paul Raffield
as Magistrate's Clerk
Nicky Henson
as Private Doctor
Alan Williams
as Sick Husband
Heather Cameron
as Child

Crew

Mike Leigh
Director
Alain Sarde
Producer
Simon Channing-Williams
Producer
Mike Leigh
Screenwriter
Step Parikian
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Clark
Editor
Eve Stewart
Production Designer
Ed Walsh
Art Director
Georgina Lowe
Co-producer
Gail Egan
Executive Producer
Duncan Reid
Executive Producer
Jacqueline Durran
Set Designer
Jacqueline Durran
Costume Designer
John Bush
Set Decorator
Dick Pope
Camera Operator
Francesca Jaynes
Choreography
Nina Gold
Casting
Danielle Brandon
Production Manager
Sarah McBryde
Production Coordinator
Colin Strachan
Grip
Peter Burgess
Foley Walker
Leon McCarthy
Standby Carpenter
Charmaine Fuller
Assistant Makeup
Chris Burdon
Re-Recording Mixer
Avelino Fernandez
Electrician
Simon Mein
Still Photographer
Steve Harrow
Post Production Supervisor
Sarah Coombs
Third Assistant Director
Zane Hayward
Sound Effects Editor
Merry Irwin
Third Assistant Director
Tim Fraser
Sound Recordist
Kerry Scourfield
Makeup
Peter Gleaves
ADR Mixer
Claire Broughton
Personal Assistant
Lesa Warrener
Makeup
Rosalie Clayton
Casting Assistant
Jane Petrie
Costumes Assistant
Christine Blundell
Hair Styles
Christine Blundell
Makeup
Heather Storr
Script Supervisor
Charlotte Finlay
Costumes Supervisor
Neil Lee
Location Manager
Sara Meek
Costumes Assistant
John Warhurst
Sound Editor
Nick Bicat
Conductor
Henry Woolley
Location Manager
SallyAnn Dicksee
Costumes Assistant
Julius Goosen
Assistant Makeup
Tanya Clark
Assistant Art Director
Mandy Edwards
Assistant Location Manager
Robert Farr
Foley Mixer
Rachele Verrecchia
Costumes Assistant
Rosemary Warren-Green
Musical Performer
Rowanna Lacey
Art Department Assistant
Gavin Buckley
First Assistant Editor
Jenny Hawkins
Costumes Assistant
Gordon Segrove
Focus Puller
Lucy Wakeford
Musical Performer
Daniel John
Second Assistant Director
Douglas Vale
Set Medic/First Aid
Adrian Rhodes
Re-Recording Mixer
Helen Keen
Musical Performer
Lee Eldred
Electrician
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