Funny Cow (15)

Director Adrian Shergold. Comedy / Drama

A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs in the 1970s and 1980s. "There are several moments in this astringently uncomfortable tragicomedy – which boasts a blistering central performance by Maxine Peake – that will leave audiences squirming and divided" The Guardian.

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

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

As described - a tragicomedy - funny but desperately sad and bleak in places. The humour could best be described as 'earthy'. A stunning performance from Maxine Peake. However, well worth watching and very thought provoking - the audience definitely wanted to talk about it afterwards. A reminder of how far we have come since the 70s too (all those cigarettes!). Perhaps not the one to watch if you're after a fun night out though.

Mixed reactions to this one. Some found it depressing and too much bad language. Others thought it excellent. It is definitely not a comedy romp but a hard hitting tragicomedy.

Maxine Peake just brilliant but you need to be prepared for the swearing and domestic violence.

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