France, UK


London.1930: Vera Drake iii2S with her husband Stan and their grown-up
Sid and Ethel The are not rich, but they are a happy, close family. Vera clean houses,
Stan is a mechanic in his brother's garage, Sid works for a tailor and Ethel works in a factory testing light bulbs.
Bat selfless Vera has a sideline which she keeps secret from all of those around her: without accepting payment, she helps young women to end unwanted pregnancies. When one of these girls rushed to hospital following an abortion, the police investigation leads to Vera and her world comes crashing in on her.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Mike Leigh

Written by: Mike Leigh

Produced by: Alain Sarde

Cinematography: Dick Pope

Editing: Jim Clark

Production Design: Eve Stewart

Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran

Make-Up & Hair: Christine Blundell

Sound Design: Andrew Dickson

Cast: Phil Davis (Stan), Peter Wight (Detective Inspector Webster), Adrian Scarborough (Frank), Heather Craney (Joyce), Daniel Mays (Sid), Alex Kelly (Stan), Imelda Staunton (Ethel)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Actress 2004
  • European Film 2004