Vera Drake


2h 5m 2004

Brief Synopsis

Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the

Film Details

Also Known As
Gran Bretagna, Untitled (Mike Leigh '03 project)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Canal Plus; Ingenious Media Services Limited; Inside Track; Inside Track; Les Films Alain Sarde; Potboiler Productions; StudioCanal; StudioCanal; Thin Man Films, Ltd.; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Bim Distribuzione; Concorde Filmverleih Gmbh; Dendy Films; Fine Line Features; Frenetic Films; Imovision; Mars Distribution; Momentum Pictures Limited; Nu-Metro; Oro Film As; Transeuropa Films; Triangelfilm; Vertigo Films (Spain); Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Synopsis

Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the practice itself was illegal in 1950s England, Vera sees herself as simply helping women in need, and always does so with a smile and kind words of encouragement. When she is finally found out by the authorities, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gran Bretagna, Untitled (Mike Leigh '03 project)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Canal Plus; Ingenious Media Services Limited; Inside Track; Inside Track; Les Films Alain Sarde; Potboiler Productions; StudioCanal; StudioCanal; Thin Man Films, Ltd.; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Bim Distribuzione; Concorde Filmverleih Gmbh; Dendy Films; Fine Line Features; Frenetic Films; Imovision; Mars Distribution; Momentum Pictures Limited; Nu-Metro; Oro Film As; Transeuropa Films; Triangelfilm; Vertigo Films (Spain); Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

2004
Imelda Staunton

Best Director

2004
Mike Leigh

Best Original Screenplay

2004

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Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the 2004 award for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) by the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC).

Winner of the 2004 award for Actress of the Year (Imelda Staunton) by the London Critics' Circle.

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) by the Seattle Film Critics.

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film and Best Actress award (Imelda Staunton) at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival.

Winner of three 2004 awards including Best Director, Best Actress (Imelda Staunton) and Best Costume Design by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Expanded Release in United States October 22, 2004

Released in United States Fall October 10, 2004

Released in United States October 2004

Released in United States on Video March 29, 2005

Released in United States September 2004

Shown at New York Film Festival October 1-17, 2004.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival September 17-25, 2004.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) September 1-11, 2004.

Project secured just over $2 million in funding from the U.K. government backed Film Council's Premiere Fund.

Released in United States on Video March 29, 2005

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival September 17-25, 2004.)

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) September 1-11, 2004.)

Released in United States October 2004 (Shown at New York Film Festival October 1-17, 2004.)

Released in United States Fall October 10, 2004

Expanded Release in United States October 22, 2004