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DIRECTOR Adrian Shergold
CAST Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Paddy Considine, Alun Armstrong
Maxine Peake stars in this flinty portrait of a female stand-up comic who rises to fame on the Northern club circuit during the 1970s and 80s.
Set against the backdrop of the stand-up comedy circuit in 1970s/80s northern England, so-called ‘Funny Cow’ (Maxine Peake), an aspiring comedian in a man’s world in an era when working class women were not encouraged to make wise-cracks. She perseveres against the sexism she faces at every turn, using the raw material from her turbulent life in her comedy routine. Peake gives a poignant, formidable central performance in this gritty film about the power of laughter.
(2017 UK 103 mins)
Funny Cow is on stage from the opening scene and intermittently, not cracking one-liners, but describing her existence. Around these points of narration the story is effectively linear with flashbacks. Camera angles, lighting, set design, costuming, styling and moving, soulful music by Richard Hawley convincingly evoke an atmosphere of another era. The acting is faultless, and Peake is outstanding. As a comedy Funny Cow has a subdued, wry humour rather than side-splitting hilarity. Tough and gritty, there is unhappiness and pain underneath the bravado – the characters are just trying to survive. But … they prevail with defiant optimism and a good laugh. Catherine Sedgwick, The Upcoming
BBFC advice: Contains very strong language, domestic violence, strong sex references and suicide
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