“Funny Cow” Update

Update 21st March:

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Update on ‘Funny Cow’ – starring Maxine Peake and Martin Freeman

Richard is writing the score to a film that Tony has written, called Funny Cow. Starring Maxine Peake and Martin Freeman, it looks at the life of a woman comedian in the often brutal world of the northern clubs.

The film is being shot in Sheffield this autumn.


Maxine Peake to play a 1970s stand-up

New film based on the Northern club circuit

Maxine Peake and Martin Freeman are set to star in a ‘hard-hitting’ film about a female comic trying to make it on the 1970s northern club circuit.

Funny Cow is due to go into production this year, with John Hannah and Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham also attached.

Written by former stand-up and actor Tony Pitts, who co-stars, the film is based on his experiences of Sheffield’s working men’s clubs.

Peake, who appeared in four series of Shameless and is currently in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, recently challenged stereotypes with her acclaimed portrayal of Hamlet in Manchester Theatre’s cross-gender production.

She told the Bolton News that production on Funny Cow would hopefully begin in October, describing it as ‘the ultimate part.

‘It’s one of those roles, I thought, I could quite happily retire after I played this part… I’ve always been fascinated by that [world]. I grew up going to working men’s clubs’.

Peake has narrated three series of Pitts’ Radio 4 black comedy Shedtown, made by Johnny Vegas’s Woolyback Productions.

Sheffield-born Pitts, who co-wrote Johnny Vegas’ rambling Channel 4 chatshow 18 Stone of Idiot, won a Sony Award with Vegas and fellow comic Tony Burgess for Radio 4’s Night Class.

Funny Cow is a co-production by POW Films and Moviehouse Entertainment, who previously made the Dead Cat Bounce spoof documentary Discoverdale.

The director is Tinge Krishnan and Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley is writing the soundtrack.

Although no real inspiration for Peake’s (as yet) unnamed character have been cited, producer Mark Vennis likens the film to the classic biopics Lenny, which starred Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce, and Raging Bull, with Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta.

He told ScreenDaily: ‘Funny Cow is going to be a hard-hitting film that will make audiences laugh and cry in equal proportions.’

– by Jay Richardson


Maxine Peake looking towards 2015 after a record-breaking year on the theatre stage

AFTER a successful year which saw her break box office records playing Hamlet, Bolton actress Maxine Peake has more to look forward to in 2015.

The 40-year-old, who grew up in Westhoughton, will grace the London theatre stage in February before taking part in the 2015 Manchester International Festival and later teaming up with The Hobbit star Martin Freeman.

Biographical romantic drama film The Theory of Everything, which explores the relationship between physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife, hits cinemas on New Year’s Day with Maxine appearing as Elaine Mason, Hawking’s second wife.

She said: “I think it’s up for Golden Globes and tipped for the Oscars — I pop in at the end of that.”

On January 5, she will start work at The Royal Court, London, where she has been cast in Zinnie Harris’ How to Hold Your Breath.

Looking towards the rest of 2015 and Maxine is excited to be teaming up with The Hobbit and Fargo actor Martin Freeman for independent film, Funny Cow — the story of a female comedian’s rise to fame.

She said: “Martin Freeman is on board, which is amazing.

“I met him at the Baftas.

“It’s in the hands of the producers now.

“We are aiming for October.

“Fingers crossed it will go into production.

“It’s one of those roles, I thought, I could quite happily retire after I played this part.

“It’s the ultimate part.

“It’s set in the working men’s clubs in Sheffield, in the ’70s.

“I’ve always been fascinated by that. I grew up going to working men’s clubs”

Over the summer, she will team up once more with the Royal Exchange Theatre’s artistic director Sarah Frankcom, for the Manchester International Festival, following the success of performance of The Masque of Anarchy in 2013 and the recent run of Hamlet.

Although unable to reveal exact details, she did say they would start rehearsing at the end of May.

She said: “I’m doing some theatre and then the Manchester International Festival.

“I’m doing that with Sarah Frankcom.

“I’m looking forward to it. I really enjoy the festival, just the audiences.

“They are just really up for it. They’re a different crowd, you just feel they are on your side and they want to be entertained.”

In September and October, theatre-goers flocked to see the former Westhoughton High School and Canon Slade pupil play Shakespeare’s iconic role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

The sell-out run was extended and theatre fans even travelled from afar afield as America, as part of a trip to see Hamlet and other theatre shows across the country.

She said: “I was really surprised and really pleased because it was a bit of a gamble. You don’t know how it’s going to work out.”


Maxine Peake thrilled to be co-starring with Martin Freeman in comedy film Funny Cow

Maxine Peake has confessed her excitement that Martin Freeman has signed up to co-star in her new film Funny Cow.

The Silk star will play a female stand-up comic trying to make it in the male-dominated clubs of northern England in the 1970s and 80s, and Sherlock’s Martin has signed up to the cast along with Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham and Rebus star John Hannah.

Maxine said: “It’s about a woman in the 70s from Sheffield who starts off in the working men’s clubs in the 70s and it’s about her rise through that world, and what a tough and misogynistic world it is.

“And we’ve got Martin Freeman attached, which is amazing. We all went ‘Woo hoo!’ when he said yes.

“We’ve still got to get the finances together – so if anybody’s got a bit of spare cash behind the settee they’d like to invest…

“But hopefully it’ll be end of this year it’ll go into production.”

The script has been written by Peaky Blinders and former Emmerdale actor Tony Pitts, who has experienced stand-up in the working men’s clubs of the north first hand and will also appear in the film.

Junkhearts’ Tinge Krishnan is attached to direct.


Martin Freeman is to join Maxine Peake in Funny Cow

Martin Freeman has joined the cast of Funny Cow – a film set in the world of stand-up comedy.

Maxine Peake – best known for her roles in TV dramas Shameless and Silk – is starring in the British indie flick charting the rise of a female stand-up comic in the male-dominated clubs of northern England in the 1970s and 80s, according to Screen Daily.

The Hobbit star Martin has signed up to the cast along with Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham and rebus star John Hannah.

The script has been written by Peaky Blinders and Hyena actor Tony Pitts, who will also appear in the film, with Junkhearts’ Tinge Krishnan attached to direct.

Musician Richard Hawley is set to score the film, which is due to begin shooting in the UK next year.

Moviehouse’s Mark Vennis told ScreenDaily: “Reminiscent of classics Lenny and Raging Bull, Funny Cow is going to be a hard hitting film that will make audiences laugh and cry in equal proportions.”


Additional Information on Maxine Peake’s film ‘Funny Cow’

Thanks to Kevin Proctor from POW Films we have some additional info on Maxine’s project ‘Funny Cow’ as well as two photos. Check them out below:

Moviehouse has boarded production Funny Cow, set to star Red Riding star Maxine Peake in the story of a female comedian’s rise to fame from a tough working class background.

BAFTA-winner Tinge Krishnan directs Tony Pitts’ script with Pitts also on board to co-star. Kevin Proctor produces with Mark Vennis of Moviehouse Entertainment.

Fully Screen Daily article here:


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POW Films are in development of their debut feature film, ‘Funny Cow’ about the rise of a Northern comedienne in the male dominated world of stand-up comedy.

Maxine Peake will star as the eponymous Funny Cow with Tony Pitts as her violent life partner and John Hannah as her agent with an original score composed by Richard Hawley.

BAFTA winning Director Tinge Krishnan will direct the script penned by Tony Pitts.

Source: powfilmsltd.com/projects/