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Vera Drake

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1107
  1. Khalid Ali, specialist registrar in geriatrics (
  1. University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent

    Directed by Mike Leigh US release date: 22 October 2004 Expected UK release date: 7 January 2005

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    In Vera Drake, which won the prestigious Golden Lion award at September's Venice Film Festival and opened the Times/British Film Institute London Film Festival last month, the veteran English director Mike Leigh continues his dissection of the trials and tribulations of English family life that he began in his first film, Bleak Moments (1971).

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    Heartbreaking: Imelda Staunton as Vera Drake


    Set in 1950's London, the film follows the perfect family life that Vera (Imelda Staunton) and her husband, Stan (Phil Davis), enjoy with their son and daughter. Vera also cares for her elderly mother, and supports her …

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