Funny Cow (Guest Speaker & Members’ Choice)

May 21

Watch one our top screen talents in action, supported by cast of household-name actors in this Loach-influenced gritty Brit film. Maxine Peake excels as Funny Cow, a stand-up comedian trying to break into the 70’s northern comedy circuit against fierce male resistance. What’s the motivation? She’s wants to exorcise some personal demons, using her experiences as stage material. As Sight&Sound puts it ‘this is a drama about a comic rather than a comedy drama’, and that drama is a rollercoaster of a ride.

Producer Kevin Proctor is with us for post-screening Q&A. 

‘It’s excruciating and inspiring to watch in equal measure, and Peake is terrific in the title role.’

Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard

2 BIFA nominations so far


Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong

Film Information

Title Funny Cow (Guest Speaker & Members’ Choice)
Directed by Adrian Shergold
Country UK
Classification 15
Running Time 102 mins
Release Year 2018
Subtitles No
Colour Yes
Film Notes Download