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Funny Cow review – grit and wit

Maxine Peake is magnificent in Adrian Shergold’s unflinching drama about a standup on the 70s northern club circuit

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. Funny Cow follows the changing fortunes of a standup comic finding her feet in the northern working men’s clubs of the 70s. It has been described by writer and co-star Tony Pitts as “an unblinking obituary” and “unsentimental commentary” on the culture in which he grew up. Some will be shocked by Peake’s “Funny Cow” (we know her only by her stage name), winning round hostile audiences with un-pc gags that were once the backbone of the British club circuit. Others will simply nod in resigned recognition at this hard-knocks world in which “it’s not about being funny, it’s about surviving”.

There
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Funny Cow movie review: standing up for herself

MaryAnn’s quick take… This is scorched-earth cinema that challenges us to find moments of grace and triumph among misery, cruelty, and emotional frugality. Maxine Peake is absolutely incendiary. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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There are movies — rare as they are — about women who do not compromise and make no apologies. And then there’s Funny Cow, as blistering and caustic a film about a no-bullshit woman clawing her way through a man’s world as I’ve ever seen.

This faux biopic of an unnamed (fictional) famous stand-up comic (Maxine Peake) “presumes” that the audience is already aware of who she is, and so it’s not about her work; this is most definitely not a comedy.
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Movie Review – Funny Cow (2017)

Funny Cow, 2017.

Directed by Adrian Shergold.

Starring Maxine Peake, Tony Pitts, Paddy Considine, Alun Armstrong, Stephen Graham, and Lindsay Coulson.

Synopsis:

In the 1970s, a female stand up with the stage name of Funny Cow struggles to make a name for herself on the club circuit, where women on stage are expected to be either singers or strippers. She’s discouraged by a veteran comedian and her husband is determined she should stay at home, but she won’t allow anything to stand in her way. In her own words, she doesn’t have a backbone. She has a funny bone.

Director Adrian Shergold doesn’t make many films for the cinema. His usual stomping ground is television and his last feature film was thirteen years ago. That was the grim Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, with a great central performance from Timothy Spall. In Funny Cow, he gives us another dour story,
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Poster and trailer for Funny Cow starring Maxine Peake

Ahead of its release next month, Entertainment One has revealed a new poster and trailer for the upcoming comedy Funny Cow. Directed by Adrian Shergold, the films stars Maxine Peake as the titular working class comedienne alongside Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Tony Pitts, and Alun Armstrong; take a look below…

Maxine Peake plays the gritty role of ‘Funny Cow’, a comedian who breaks through the glass ceiling of the all-male 1970s comedy circuit to 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.

Funny Cow is set for release on April 20th and features a cast that also includes Lindsey Coulson, Christine Bottomley, Kevin Eldon, Hannah Walters, Diane Morgan, Jim Moir, John Bishop, Hebe Beardsall, Tom Gibbons, Richard Hawley,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tony Pitts

Tony Pitts is the kind of guy that had designs towards being a physician when he grew up, but when that didn’t pan out he became a car mechanic for a while. If not for the fact that Barry Hines, an author who was looking for extras for a film adaptation of his novel, he might have stayed as a mechanic for a long while and never realized much else. Of course he could have gone back to school and done something equally as great, but when he got bumped up to a bigger role in the production that Hines

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tony Pitts
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Maxine Peake in First UK Trailer for Stand Up Comic Film 'Funny Cow'

A woman who has a funny bone for a backbone. Entertainment One UK has debuted an official trailer for the indie comedy Funny Cow, starring English actress Maxine Peake as a comedienne in the 70s making her mark on the male-dominated stand up scene. Peake recently starred in the black-and-white "Metalhead" episode of Netflix's "Black Mirror", which is where some people might recognize her from, even though she has been in many films before this. Set against the backdrop of the 70s/80s comedy club circuit in Northern England, Funny Cow stars Peake as fictional comedienne "Funny Cow", trying making a name for herself in the stand up world. The full cast includes Paddy Considine, Christine Bottomley, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Tony Pitts, Hannah Walters, and Kevin Eldon. This film actually looks quite good. Here's the first international trailer (+ poster) for Adrian Shergold's Funny Cow, direct from YouTube
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Trailer Lands For Upcoming British Film ‘Funny Cow’

The first trailer for upcoming British film Funny Cow has landed online. The upcoming film stars Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Tony Pitts and Alun Armstrong. It will debut in cinemas from April 20th, 2018.

Maxine Peake plays the gritty role of ‘Funny Cow’, a comedian who breaks through the glass ceiling of the all-male 1970s comedy circuit to 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.

Watch the new trailer below.

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Maxine Peake stars in new trailer for Funny Cow

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Entertainment One have released a trailer for the upcoming Funny Cow, starring Maxine Peake as stand up comedian trying to break through an all-male comedy circuit.

Directed by Adrian Shergold, the film stars Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Tony Pitts, Alun Armstrong with special guest appearances from Corinne Bailey Rae, John Bishop, Vic Reeves and Diane Morgan.

Also in new trailers to watch – Jared Leto stars in trailer for Netflix The Outsider

The film is in cinemas from April 20th.

Funny Cow Official Synopsis

Maxine Peake plays the gritty role of ‘Funny Cow’, a comedian who breaks through the glass ceiling of the all-male 1970s comedy circuit to 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.
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‘Rogue One’ & ‘Peaky Blinders’ Star Tony Pitts Creates “Daft” British Seaside Musical

‘Rogue One’ & ‘Peaky Blinders’ Star Tony Pitts Creates “Daft” British Seaside Musical
Tony Pitts, who recently starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Peaky Blinders, is heading back to the big screen after writing a disco musical set in a British seaside town. Pitts, who recently created feature film Funny Cow, starring Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham and Paddy Considine, has written Disco Pier and has partnered with Kevin Proctor and Perry Trevers' StudioPOW to produce. The film, which has echoes of The Full Monty, tells the story of the rejuvenation of…
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First Trailer for 'Journeyman' - Written & Directed by Paddy Considine

"When I come back through that door, I'm still going to be champion of the world." This trailer is worth a watch. Studiocanal UK has unveiled the first UK trailer for Journeyman, the new film written & directed by English actor Paddy Considine (he last directed the acclaimed Tyrannosaur in 2011). Journeyman tells the story of a world champion boxer named Matty Burton, also played by Paddy Considine, who struggles with life after a head injury that leaves him almost completely debilitated. The cast includes Jodie Whittaker as his wife, along with Paul Popplewell, Tony Pitts, and Anthony Welsh and others. This premiered at the London Film Festival, where I first saw it and wrote a glowing review of the film. As you can see with this trailer, it's not so much about boxing as it is about the struggle of mental illness. See below. Here's the first official UK trailer (+ poster) for Paddy Considine's Journeyman,
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Journeyman: first trailer for Paddy Considine’s latest

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Paddy Considine and Jodie Whittaker star in Journeyman. Here's the first trailer...

This looks really, really good. Paddy Considine has directed one film thus far, the superb Tyrannosaur. For his second, Journeyman, he’s telling the story of a boxer who collapses after a particularly bruising fight, and consequently has to fight to regain his speech, his relationships, and his life.

Considine stars in the film too, alongside Jodie Whittaker, Anthony Welsh, Tony Pitts and Paul Popplewell. And the first trailer and official synopsis have been released.

Here’s the trailer first…

And here’s the synopsis…

Journeyman tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton (Paddy Considine). After winning a punishing title defense on points, Matty collapses at home. The journey towards regaining his speech, movement and memory will be the toughest fight he’ll ever face, and the prize could not be greater, for
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New trailer for Paddy Considine’s Journeyman

Empire has revealed a new trailer for the upcoming boxing drama Journeyman. The film marks the second directorial feature for Paddy Considine who also stars alongside Jodie Whittaker, Anthony Welsh, Tony Pitts, and Paul Popplewell; watch it below…

See Also: Read our review of Journeyman here

Journeyman tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton. As he approaches the end of his career he knows that he must make his money and get out of the game, to secure a home and future with his wife and baby daughter. After a titanic fight with the brash and controversial Andre Bryte, Matty collapses on his living room floor, a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. Awaking from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty must begin to piece his life back together as his world disintegrates.

Journeyman is set for release
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‘Journeyman’ Trailer: Paddy Considine Fights For His Life

We’ve been waiting a while for Paddy Considine to get back behind the camera following his excellent and underrated BAFTA-Award winning “Tyrannosaur.” Well, the time has finally arrived as he’s pulling off triple duty writing, directing, and starring in “Journeyman.”

Also featuring Jodie Whittaker (“One Day”), Faraz Ayub (“Honor”), Tony Pitts (“War Horse”) and Paul Popplewell (“’71”), beneath the boxing drama surface of the movie lies the story of a pugilist who has to rebuild his entire life after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the ring.

Continue reading ‘Journeyman’ Trailer: Paddy Considine Fights For His Life at The Playlist.
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Movie Review – Journeyman (2017)

Journeyman, 2017.

Directed by Paddy Considine.

Starring Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell, Tony Pitts, and Anthony Welsh.

Synopsis:

Middleweight boxing champion of the world, Matty Burton, faces the biggest fight of his career when a life threatening injury irreparably changes him and his family.

The prospect of another boxing movie so soon after Creed, Southpaw, and Bleed for This might have your eyes rolling into the back of your head like one of Matty Burton’s (Paddy Considine) canvas bound opponents.

For the first twenty minutes that worry is fully justified, with Considine’s sophomore effort, following the stunning Tyrannosaur, feeling worryingly featherweight. The sporting environment is recreated as though it’s broadcasting on a higher-numbered digital channel, in other words, it’s a little bit rubbish, with boxing personalities (Steve Bunce) given prominent roles to increase the authenticity. It doesn’t really work

With the boxing movie sub-genre so saturated,
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'Funny Cow': Film Review | London 2017

'Funny Cow': Film Review | London 2017
One of those intriguing but raggedy films that ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its promising parts, British comedy-drama Funny Cow stars Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) as an irrepressible working-class lass finding her feet as a stand-up comic in mid-century Northern England.

Working off a script by actor Tony Pitts, who also plays the protagonist’s abusive husband, veteran TV director Adrian Shergold (Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman) boldly blends expressionist flourishes (actors playing multiple roles, stylized framing) with hard-grit realism. Peake is flinty and charismatic in the lead, and sharp support is provided by Paddy Considine,...
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Funny Cow review – Maxine Peake blazes in the dark days of standup

Peake is hypnotically belligerent as an ambitious club performer trampling over prejudice and sticky carpets on the 1970s comedy circuit

Maxine Peake dominates the screen as producer and star of this painful, angry film written by Tony Pitts and directed by Adrian Shergold, about a fictional female club comedian fighting her way to the top, or at least the middle, in 1970s Britain.

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Production starts on 'Funny Cow' starring Maxine Peake and Paddy Considine

Filming under way on Entertainment One’s 1970s-set comedy drama.

Production on Funny Cow, which stars Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything, Shameless) as a stand-up comedienne, has begun in Yorkshire.

The comedy drama, directed by Adrian Shergold (Pierrepoint), follows the rise to stardom of Peake’s character in 1970s northern England and is filming on location in Yorkshire for four weeks.

Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz) and Stephen Graham (This Is England) co-star in the film, which features music by ex-Longpigs frontman and Mercury award-nominated solo artist Richard Hawley and Grammy Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae.

War Horse and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Tony Pitts penned the script and has an acting role.

Kevin Proctor from Pow Films and Mark Vennis from Moviehouse Entertainment are producing, with Entertainment One releasing in the UK and Moviehouse Entertainment handling intrernational sales.

The film is executive produced by Peter Dunphy and Charlotte Arden of Gizmo Films and Norman Merry
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Maxine Peake, Martin Freeman's 'Funny Cow' snapped up by eOne

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Maxine Peake, Martin Freeman's 'Funny Cow' snapped up by eOne
Exclusive: eOne pre-buys UK rights to 70s-set feature on eve of Cannes Marché.

Entertainment One (eOne) has pre-bought UK rights to comedy-drama Funny Cow from Moviehouse Entertainment.

Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything) will to star in the 1970s-set feature about the rise of a working class comedienne.

After struggling to free herself from an abusive home life, Peake’s character, known as ‘Funny Cow’, finds herself drawn to the stand-up circuit of Northern England’s working men’s clubs.

The film is also due to star Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), John Hannah (The Mummy), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) and Tony Pitts (War Horse) with production expected to begin in October 2016 in Belfast.

Adrian Shergold (Pierrepoint) directs from a script by Peaky Blinders actor-writer Pitts. Kevin Proctor of Pow Films will produce alongside Mark Vennis of Moviehouse.

The deal was negotiated by Ashanti McIntosh for eOne and Mark Vennis for Moviehouse Entertainment.

McIntosh commented:
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Maxine Peake-Martin Freeman comedy-drama snapped up by eOne

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Maxine Peake-Martin Freeman comedy-drama snapped up by eOne
Exclusive: eOne pre-buys UK rights to 70s-set feature on eve of Cannes Marché.

Entertainment One (eOne) has pre-bought UK rights to comedy-drama Funny Cow from Moviehouse Entertainment.

Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything) will to star in the 70s-set feature about the rise of a working class comedienne.

After struggling to free herself from an abusive home life, Peake’s character, known as ‘Funny Cow’, finds herself drawn to the stand-up circuit of Northern England’s working men’s clubs.

The film is also due to star Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), John Hannah (The Mummy), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) and Tony Pitts (War Horse) with production expected to begin in October 2016 in Belfast.

Adrian Shergold (Pierrepoint) directs from a script by Peaky Blinders actor-writer Pitts. Kevin Proctor of Pow Films will produce alongside Mark Vennis of Moviehouse.

The deal was negotiated by Ashanti McIntosh for eOne and Mark Vennis for Moviehouse Entertainment.

McIntosh commented:
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First Look: Paddy Considine’s Boxing Movie ‘Journeyman’

First Look: Paddy Considine’s Boxing Movie ‘Journeyman’
London — Sales company Cornerstone Films will show buyers the first-look promo of Paddy Considine’s “Journeyman” in Cannes and have released the first image. Considine’s second feature wrapped in mid-April after a six-week shoot in North and Central England. Post production is underway.

Considine not only wrote and directed the film, but also stars, alongside Jodie Whittaker, Anthony Welsh, Tony Pitts and Paul Popplewell. Many of the supporting cast make their acting debuts and take on roles that closely mirror their actual professions with appearances from boxers, boxing commentators, nurses and an occupational therapist.

The film will be released in 2017 and is financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire, and the Wellcome Trust, with Studiocanal on board to handle the U.K. release.

Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw said of the shoot: “Paddy took to simultaneously writing, directing and acting like it was meant to be. He delivered a beautiful performance
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