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Funny Cow Rated 15

Funny Cow

Dir. Adrian Shergold. UK, 2017. 1h 43m. Starring Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts, Stephen Graham, Vic Reeves, Graham Fellows, Kevin Eldon, Diane Morgan, Kevin Rowland, Richard Hawley.

In the cigarette smoke haze of 70s northern working men’s clubs, an aspiring stand-up fights against the sexism of the comedy circuit for professional recognition. Maxine Peake gives a blistering central performance in this gritty drama.

'It's a tough, passionate and compassionate account of survival at all costs and a troubling portrait of an unsavoury element of national character that still very much exists.’ ★★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times

'A hypnotically belligerent performance from Peake, whose anti-heroine explodes like a firework, burning herself to an ashy crisp.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian