LipSync completed full post for Funny Cow!
Maxine Peake stars in this painful struggle through the ‘casual misogyny’ (Wendy Ide, Screen Daily) of the late 20th Century. The film is a fierce portrait of a female stand-up comic who rises to fame on the Northern club circuit. Funny Cow premiered in October 2017 at the BFI film festival to great reviews. Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian gave it 4 stars, describing Peake’s performance as ‘hypnotically belligerent’. Wendy Ide at Screen Daily comments on the tricky line the film treads between the light and dark side of 70s humour, saying ‘the film owns the casual misogyny of the era and rises above it’. Ide also comments on the period mise-en-scene, saying ‘production design goes all out on strident wallpaper and sullen soft-furnishings’. The story travels through time, from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Each decade has such a distinct look and feel – aesthetically and emotionally – and maintaining these was crucial in the post-production grading process. Director of Photography, Tony Slater-Ling wanted to give each decade the feel of the time. Most of the look was built in the set design and costume, but Jame Welsh (colourist at LipSync post) noted the importance of the grade in complimenting this process, saying ‘we consciously limited the colour primaries in the grade from the Alexa’s LogC digital colour matrix to that of the print stock of the time, ensuring the art direction was fully complimented.’ Funny Cow is due for theatrical release in the UK on Friday 20th April 2018.
Directed by Adrian Shergold. Produced by Laughing Girl Ltd, POW Films and Moviehouse Entertainment. Written by Tony Pitts. Starring Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Alun Armstrong, Stephen Graham, Kevin Eldon and Tony Pitts.