One of our most versatile actors, Maxine Peake (starring this month in 'Gwen'), plays a stand-up comedian who breaks through the glass ceiling of the all-male 1970s and 1980s comedy circuit in her rise to stardom.
Set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs in the North of England, 'Funny Cow' is both a love-letter to a bygone era and the defiant story of a woman who refuses to give up her dreams. Using the raw experiences from her own life, Funny Cow offers an alternative to the sexist humour that dominated the scene. But her journey to the top is never smooth and whatever success she begins to achieve is undermined by the jealousy of others.
Adrian Shergold's film accurately captures the environment and milieu of the era, while Peake excels in one of her finest lead performances. There's great support from Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts, Stephen Graham, Lindsey Coulson and Alun Armstrong. And the music and songs by Richard Hawley and Ollie Trevers evocatively capture this period.
★★★★ "Peake gives it a fierce, blazing energy and holds everything together through the magnetic force of her performance." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ "Held together by a powerhouse performance from Maxine Peake." - Dan Jolin, Empire
★★★★ "This film spills over with compassion for the lost and lonely." - Charlotte O'Sullivan, The Standard