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Set in the claustrophobic, smoky world of working-men’s clubs and the male-dominated stand-up comedy circuit of 1970s and 1980s Northern England, ‘Funny Cow’ tells the story of a female comedian who uses her troubled experiences growing up, and subsequent turbulent relationships, as raw material for her performances. The world in which she inhabits is full of sleaze and unabashed bigotry, displayed in many of the stand-up performances (including her own) in ways that may shock audience members unfamiliar with the era. Despite its title, the film is a powerful study of the effects of domestic violence and abuse, as we follow the central character – whose name we never learn – as she tries to succeed in an extremely hostile environment.
It's the end of the 60s, and two boozy young actors are living on their uppers in this cult, much-quoted British comedy.
14+ years 107 mins
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British comedy about six unemployed steel workers who hatch a plan to put on a one-off performance of a male striptease show.
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Book adaptation 'Yardie' and documentary 'A Northern Soul' are also in cinemas, with playful horror 'Ghost Stories' and drama 'Funny Cow' both released on DVD.
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