DAILY EXPRESS UK 5/5 stars “The jokes that make Funny Cow a hit in the 1970s would land her in court now but Peake’s brutally honest performance keeps us onside. Funny Cow is a class act; fiercely performed, smartly written, sensitively directed, wonderfully scored.
But it’s the bitter tang of authenticity that stays with you.”
NZ HERALD 3.5/5 stars “Peake’s superb performance, hammers home some of the film’s more salient themes. And if you can get through the depressing aspect, it does deliver a powerfully told tale of domestic survival that tugs on the heart-strings.”.
“One of the Best British Features of the Year” THE INDEPENDENT
FUNNY COW (R16)
Saturday 4 Aug 8.30pm
Sunday 5 Aug 4.30pm
Saturday 18 Aug 6.00pm
Licensed bar & homemade snacks on sale at all screenings.
Adults $15, Concession $12, RCAC Members $12.
The reduced concession rate is for $12 concession (student, seniors or CS cards).
Book online: raglanmovies.nz, call into the Old School office Mon-Fri 10am to 2pm.
Door sales from 30 mins before session times.
UK drama starring Maxine Peake, charting the rise of a comedian, set against a backdrop of Northern England working men’s clubs in the ’70s and ’80s. From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, the Funny Cow uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage.
British actress Maxine Peake got her first big break in TV when the late comedian Victoria Wood cast her to play Twinkle in Wood’s Dinnerladiesin the late 1990s.
Since then Peake’s career has taken off. She played Martha Costello in the TV legal series Silk, and professor Stephen Hawking’s second wife, Elaine in the film The Theory of Everything.
“Funny Cow doesn’t flinch from the sexism, homophobia and racism that was a part of that world”, said Maxine Peaker. “They were dark, difficult places and I was just fascinated what it must have been like as a woman to struggle up the greasy pole there, and what she must have encountered and have to endure.”
Directed by Adrian Shergold
Starring Stephen Graham, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Alun Armstrong, Diane Morgan, Christine Bottomley, Tony Pitts, Kevin Eldon
Written by Tony Pitts
Comedy, Drama | R16 Domestic violence, sexual material & offensive language 102mins | UK