Coming soon: more wingnut outrage
Well, we can expect the harrumph-harrumphs to start any minute:
“Vera Drake,” Mike Leigh’s tough tale of a working-class mother who is caught performing illegal abortions in 1950s England scooped up prizes at the 61st Venice Film Festival Saturday, including the coveted Golden Lion.
Acclaimed British stage and film actress Imelda Staunton won the best actress award for her portrayal of a back-street abortionist who acts not for financial gain but out of concern for girls and women in trouble.
“Vera Drake” was competing against 21 other feature films for the top prize at the world’s oldest cinema competition.
Award-winning British director Leigh raises troubling questions about abortion in a world where the wealthy have access to discreet and legal abortions and the poor throw themselves on the mercy of practitioners like Drake.
“The audience must walk away with a debate and struggle with it. These things are not black and white,” Leigh told Reuters in an interview on the Lido.
Staunton anchors the movie as a working mother who risks her close-knit family’s love after a girl on whom she performs an abortion falls seriously ill and her secret activities are discovered.
Expect a rash of Townhall columns and Corner postings on the movie.
Not that any of them will have seen it, mind you…