Funny Cow

Funny Cow is a 2017 British comedy drama film directed by Adrian Shergold, written by Tony Pitts and starring Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts, Stephen Graham and Alun Armstrong. The original songs and score were composed by Richard Hawley, with additional songs by Ollie Trevers. The film follows a woman making a name for herself in the stand-up comedy scene of working men's clubs in northern England.[1]

Funny Cow
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Directed byAdrian Shergold
Written byTony Pitts
Produced by
CinematographyTony Slater Ling BSC
Edited byTania Reddin
Music by
Distributed byeOne
Release date
20 April 2018 (theatrical)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film had its world premiere on 9 October 2017 in the United Kingdom at the London Film Festival.[2] and was released theatrically in the UK by eOne on 20 April 2018.


Funny Cow[3] charts the rise to stardom of a female comedian through the 1970s and 1980s. It is set against the backdrop of working men's clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit of the north of England.



Funny Cow was shot entirely on location in January and February 2017 in Leeds, Bradford, Saltaire and Harrogate. The principal production company was POW Films. Post Production was at Lipsync Post in London and the financing production partner was Gizmo Films Productions.[citation needed]


Funny Cow received high praise on release with four star reviews from The Guardian,[4] Empire,[5] The Evening Standard,[6] The Financial Times,[7] The Independent,[8] FilmSeekers,[9] Screen Mayhem[10] and with The Times[11] and The Daily Star awarding a full five stars.

BFI magazine Sight and Sound listed Funny Cow as their Film Of The Week.[12] Mark Kermode also made it his Film Of The Week[13] for the April 2018 theatrical release and reviewed it again for the August 2018 DVD release[14] Noting the division in critics' perception of the film and central character, Kermode emphasised that "its heart is absolutely in the right place but I think that is because it is not ashamed to depict the world it is actually representing".[citation needed]

The film garnered two BIFA nominations in 2018;[15] Best Actress for Maxine Peake and Best Music for Richard Hawley.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a certified fresh rating of 78%[16]


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  5. ^ "Funny Cow". Empire. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Funny Cow review: Maxine Peake equally loveable and loathable in excruciating, inspiring drama". Evening Standard. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Funny Cow — Maxine Peake lights up strange stand-up story". Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Film reviews roundup: Funny Cow, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society, Let The Sunshine In, The Leisure Seeker, Every Day". The Independent. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  9. ^ "LFF '17: Funny Cow". Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  10. ^ Salt, Author Paul (18 April 2018). "'Funny Cow' Review: Maxine Peake Triumphs in this Bleakly Hilarious Slice of Northern Comedy". Screen Mayhem. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  11. ^ Maher, Kevin. "Film review: Funny Cow". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Funny Cow review: a tough tale of hard times and dark humour | Sight & Sound". British Film Institute. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Kermode and Mayo".
  14. ^ "Kermode Uncut".
  15. ^ "Funny Cow · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". BIFA · British Independent Film Awards. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Funny Cow (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 3 October 2020.