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