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ADRIAN SHERGOLD
Director

Funny Cow Director Adrian Shergold interviewed at the LFF launch

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SYNOPSIS

“A woman with a funnybone for a backbone”

‘Funny Cow’ charts the rise to stardom of a female comedienne through the 1970’s and 1980’s. It is set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit of the North of England.

From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, the Funny Cow uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage. A stand-up comedienne in an all-male world, ‘Funny Cow’ delivers tragedy and comedy in equal measure.

Maxine Peake plays the role of a lifetime as ‘Funny Cow’ with Tony Pitts as her violent soul mate ‘Bob’, Paddy Considine acts as her middle class lover ‘Angus’ and Stephen Graham plays her brother ‘Mike’.

Starring: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Lindsey Coulson, Christine Bottomley, Hannah Walters, Diane Morgan, Jim Moir, John Bishop, Bobby Knutt, Richard Hawley and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Original Songs and Music Composed by: Richard Hawley.

I’ve got no choice.

I can’t do what everybody else does,

I can’t be a civilian, I’ve no backbone.

I’ve got a funnybone instead.

THE CAST

Maxine Peake
Paddy Considine
Stephen Graham
Tony Pitts
Kevin Eldon
Richard Hawley
Vic Reeves
Diane Morgan
Kevin Rowland
Corinne Bailey Rae
Alun Armstrong
Lindsey Coulson
Hannah Walters
John Bishop
Christine Bottomley

REVIEWS

The Guardian

Maxine Peake dominates the screen as producer and star of this painful, angry film written by Tony Pitts and directed by Adrian Shergold, about a fictional female club comedian fighting her way to the top, or at least the middle, in 1970s Britain.

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Film Seekers

Funny Cow is a wickedly funny film, with a self-aware streak, capturing the zeitgeist of the era perfectly thanks to the fantastic attention to detail and set dressing.

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One Room With a View

Funny Cow is literally Maxine Peake’s show, as she narrates her tough life – and the film – from a later point of success through a televised monologue. Her no-nonsense honesty is reminiscent of a Victoria Wood piece or Julie Walters role, which puts the audience in the right headspace for the chuckles and struggles that lie ahead.

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Screen Mayhem

‘Funny Cow’ Maxine Peake Triumphs in this Bleakly Hilarious Slice of Northern Comedy

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The Up Coming

Adrian Shergold’s edgy comedy Funny Cow exudes a certain vintage Britishness. Taking place in the 70s and 80s, atmospherically there is a tinge of East Enders and classics like Alfie.

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Mild Concern

Funny Cow is a curious beast. The first feature written by actor Tony Pitts, the film follows an aspiring comedian (Maxine Peake) from her childhood, through an abusive marriage, to success as a stand-up. I was expecting a familiar rags to riches period drama following the rise of her career but Funny Cow is nothing so simple as that.

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Culture Fly

Maxine Peake is tremendous, her quivering lip and sudden glances to camera, almost breaking the fourth wall, showcase an actor at the top of their game. She is innocent but strong; tough enough but delicate. It may not be entirely ground-breaking but Funny Cow remains uplifting, utterly heartfelt and as cosy as a warm cup of tea.

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Simon Columb

Maxine Peake is tremendous… an actor at the top of their game

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Evening Express

Maxine Peake: It’s a myth that women are not funny

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The List

Former 'EastEnders' actress Lindsey Coulson has revealed she gave up drinking alcohol for a month while filming 'Funny Cow' after seeing the devastation that booze can do

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