What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - Big Scream
Maxine Peake stars as a stand-up comic, writing and performing her act ‘Funny Cow’. With an insult-packed routine, she appears in working men’s clubs in the north of England, dreaming of making it big. But 1970s and ’80s showbiz is a man’s world and, to be accepted, she finds she must include racist and homophobic material in her sketches. Encountering both success and failure, armed only with wit and determination, she battles her way to become a respected comedian. Material for her punchy comedy is mined from her own tragic upbringing, and her troubled and abusive marriage. Written by Tony Pitts and directed by Adrian Shergold, Funny Cow transports us to another era where the tough and gritty side of the comedy industry is exposed, and where changes in attitude are confronted head on.
London, 1946. Charismatic and free-spirited writer Juliet (James) receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club founded in Guernsey during Nazi occupation. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As she learns about their wartime experiences and secrets, Juliet develops a life-changing bond with the book club and the island.
From the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and with an all-star British cast, comes a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name.
Our Dear Channel Islands
Duration: 4 mins
Before the main feature, we are pleased to present archive newsreel footage of the occupation of Guernsey, supplied courtesy of Imperial War Museums.