Mike Leigh

Vera Drake

In postwar London, Vera Drake tries to help local girls out but in doing so is breaking the law in this superb drama from Mike Leigh.

Image from Vera Drake

UK 2004
Dir Mike Leigh
With Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, Adrian Scarborough, Ruth Sheen, Peter Wight
Certificate 12A

Oscar®-nominee Imelda Staunton gives an emotionally overwhelming performance as the eponymous cleaning lady with a heart of gold and an ever-ready pot of tea in postwar London, helping out girls with unwanted pregnancies. Her good actions are illegal, but Leigh’s actors create a world of decency and the pulling together of a close-knit community. Design, costumes and Dick Pope’s cinematography are as meticulous as you could wish for.

The screening on Friday 26 November will feature a Q&A with Mike Leigh.