FUNNY COW (15)
Friday 8th June
Starring: Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Tony Pitts & Alun Armstrong
Approx. running time (inc. adverts): 120 minutes
They say the comedy circuit of 1970s Northern England is no place for a woman – which is exactly why Funny Cow (Maxine Peake) is determined to make her mark.
It's no secret that stand-up comedy is tough – and the stages of clubs and pubs in 1970s working class Britain are some of the most unforgiving of them all. Especially if you're a woman. But one female comedian is determined to make her mark. Funny Cow is a born fighter, and she's prepared to take her grit to the spotlight if it means she'll make a few people laugh.
There's nothing light-hearted about Funny Cow's past. Abusive relationships have plagued her throughout her life. She grew up with a violent father and married Bob, her perpetually angry husband. But worst of all, she hurts herself by neglecting her dreams and desires.
Until she sees a stand-up routine by Lenny, a cynical and exhausted local comedian, which triggers something inside her – she needs to be on stage. Fuelled by rage, frustration, and a knack for making people laugh, Funny Cow tries to break into Northern England's comedy world. She's met with hostility at every turn, but a small part within her knows that it's what she was born to do. She pushes on, baring her soul on stage in a raw, honest, and hilarious way, until people finally begin to take notice.