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MIKE Leigh's moving portrayal of a back-street abortionist in 1950s London has swept the British Independent Film Awards, taking six awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
Vera Drake also snared the Best Actress award late yesterday for Imelda Staunton and Best Actor for Phil Davis.
The film, which deals with a working class abortionist whose views are at odds with the society around her, found similar success at the Venice Film Festival, where it took the Golden Lion for Best Film and Best Actress for Staunton.