About the Film
Premiering at the Venice and New York festivals, Vera Drake is a compassionate, morally complex drama that stands easily along side Mike Leigh’s best work, Secret and Lies and Topsy Turvy. It may even surpass those films in showcasing the rich yield of the director’s signature naturalist acting styles. This impeccably designed and vividly inhabited story is about a neighborhood Good Samaritan who secretly sidelines as a humane and caring abortionist in post World War II London. Unknown Imelda Staunton puts in an astonishingly honest performance, which should secure attention from prestige year-end awards.