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.
|Directed by||Adrian Shergold|
|Written by||Tony Pitts|
|Cinematography||Tony Slater Ling BSC|
|Edited by||Tania Reddin|
|20 April 2018 (theatrical)|
Funny Cow 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.
- Maxine Peake as Funny Cow
- Stephen Graham as Mike / Funny Calf's Dad
- Paddy Considine as Angus
- Tony Pitts as Bob
- Alun Armstrong as Lenny
- Lindsey Coulson as Funny Cow Mum
- Kevin Eldon as Danny
- Christine Bottomley as Funny Calf Mum
- Hannah Walters as Jean
- John Bishop as Colin Pine
- Vic Reeves as Ventriloquist (Credited as Jim Moir)
- Corinne Bailey Rae as Coffee
- Richard Hawley as Cream / Rodney Chittingdon
- Kevin Rowland as Jeff
- Diane Morgan as Margaret
- Hebe Beardsall as Young Funny Cow
- Macy Shackleton as Funny Calf
- Dominic Brunt as Landlord
- Robert Curtis as Dial House Concert Secretary
- Bobby Knutt as Crookes Club Concert Secretary
- Graham Hughes as Jacques LeCock
- Duggie Brown as Old Man
- Tom Gibbons as Young Bob
- Jayne Bickerton as Mad Woman
- Alfie Graham as Liam
- Grace Graham as Debs
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.
Funny Cow received high praise on release with four star reviews from The Guardian, Empire, The Evening Standard, The Financial Times, The Independent, FilmSeekers, Screen Mayhem and with The Times and The Daily Star awarding a full five stars.
BFI magazine Sight and Sound listed Funny Cow as their Film Of The Week. Mark Kermode also made it his Film Of The Week for the April 2018 theatrical release and reviewed it again for the August 2018 DVD release 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".
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