Vera Drake | 2004

Directed by: Mike Leigh

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Main Plot

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.


  • Imelda Staunton plays the character Vera Drake, a kind-hearted woman who secretly performs illegal abortions in 1950s London.
  • Jim Broadbent played the character of Judge in the film Vera Drake, who presides over the trial of Vera Drake.
  • Heather Craney plays the character of Ethel, who is Vera Drake's daughter and has a significant role in the plot.


In the conclusion of "Vera Drake," Vera is arrested for her illegal abortion activities. Her family is devastated and struggles to understand her actions. While in prison, Vera faces the harsh reality of her actions and the consequences they have had on others. She is eventually sentenced to prison, leaving her family shattered. The film ends with a shot of Vera looking out of her prison cell window, reflecting on her choices and the impact they have had on her life and those around her.

Mike Leigh