Funny Cow

Closed for investment. Funny Cow premiered at the BFI London Film Festival October 2017. UK distribution coming soon through eOne Entertainment.

Starring Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, John Bishop, Alun Armstrong & Vic Reeves

UK Distribution Guaranteed with Entertainment One (The BFG, Spotlight, La La Land). Premieres October 2017 at BFI London Film Festival.

Tax efficient investment – EIS approved – get 30% tax back, all returns tax free, defer Capital Gains from property or share sales  !

Multi BAFTA nominated Director & Experienced producers

A few words about the film

‘Funny Cow’ charts the rise to stardom of a stand-up comedienne in an all-male world during the 1970’s and 1980’s.  It is set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit in the North of England. The film completed shooting in February 2017 and commenced post production in March 2017. Release is due at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2017. INVESTMENT CLOSES SEPTEMBER 2017.

Gizmo Films, established for over 20 years, is excited to present the opportunity to become involved in a potentially award-winning and commercial film, Funny Cow.

Reminiscent of classics ‘Lenny’ and ‘Raging Bull’, Funny Cow is a hard-hitting comedy-drama that will make audiences laugh and cry in equal proportions.

Entertainment One (eOne) of ‘La La Land’, ’12 Years a Slave’, ‘Spotlight’ and ‘the BFG’ has invested in and bought the rights to the comedy-drama guaranteeing distribution in cinemas, Video on Demand and DVD.

“We’re thrilled to be involved with this smart, funny, original British film and look forward to bringing this fantastic set of characters to UK audiences.”

– Ashanti McIntosh, eOne.


Top Billed Cast



Maxine Peake is one of the UK’s top stage and screen actors. She has been twice nominated for a BAFTA. Amongst her many credits is the Oscar winning ‘The Theory of Everything’, ‘Silk’, ‘The Village’, ‘Red Riding’ and ‘Hamlet’ at The Royal Exchange. She has worked with writer, Tony Pitts, on the development of the script and character and plays the lead role of ‘Funny Cow’.



Paddy Considine is one of the UK’s most accomplished film and TV actors with leading roles in ‘Tyrannosaur’, ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’, ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘The World’s End’, ‘Pride’, Banquo to Michael Fassbender’s ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Death of Stalin’ – a new film directed by Armando Iannucci.



Stephen Graham is one of Britain’s top character actors and his roles have included the menacing Al Capone in the hugely successful ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Taboo’, the lead in ‘This Is England’ and a major part in the ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’ franchise, as well as buffoon Tommy in Guy Ritchie’s ‘Snatch’.



Tony Pitts wrote the script for ‘Funny Cow’ and plays her soulmate Bob in the film. He is fast becoming a sought after actor with roles in Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’Red Riding, ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Line of Duty’, an acclaimed performance in ‘Hyena’ and the co-lead in Paddy Considine’s soon to be released ‘Journeyman’.

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John Bishop is one of the UK’s top comedians and TV presenters selling out live shows and with a big online following. He plays an Elvis impersonator and MC of Crookes Club in the film.



Vic Reeves (Jim Moir) the well known comedian, actor and TV presenter of ‘Big Night Out’, ‘The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer’ and ‘Shooting Stars’ joined the cast in a hilarious and surreal cameo as a working mens’ club entertainer.




Prolific and highly respected film & television director Adrian Shergold brings his unique talent with actors and dramatic narrative to ‘Funny Cow’.His award-winning films include BAFTA winning ‘Holding On’, ‘Births, Marriages and Deaths’, ‘Pierrepoint‘ and ‘Mad Dogs’. He directed the first series of ‘Early Doors’ and has been BAFTA nominated for best director for ‘Low Winter Sun’ and ‘Persuasion’, to name just a small selection of his extensive career. He most recently directed ‘The Nightmare Worlds of H.G Wells’  for Sky Arts.




Richard Hawley, the critically acclaimed musician and songwriter has composed an original score and song for the film. He also appears in the film with Corinne Bailey Rae as a club-singing duo. Richard has worked with Jarvis Cocker, Artic Monkeys, REM, Lisa Marie Presley, Jools Holland and Paul Weller. His solo career includes the classic albums ‘Coles Corner’, ‘Late Night Final’ and ‘Lady’s Bridge’.



Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, 2006. She released her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006, and became the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at number one. In 2007, Bailey Rae was nominated for three Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards, and won two MOBO Awards. In 2008, she won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year (for her work as a featured artist in Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters).

Production Team

Kevin Proctor | Producer

Kevin Proctor has been instrumental in developing the Production and is a Director of ‘Laughing Girl Limited’ the company with overall responsibility for producing the film. He has worked in production on major motion pictures including; ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Inception’, ‘Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows’, ‘Nativity 3’, ‘Away’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’.

Mark Vennis | Producer

As a 25 year veteran of the UK film industry, Mark has executive produced over 25 films including; ‘Fear X’, ‘Nativity 2’, ‘Scott Walker: 30 Century Man’ and ‘Soulboy’, the upcoming ‘ID2’ and the Jean Reno thriller ‘The Last Step’.

Mark is also MD of Moviehouse Entertainment, a long established film sales and production house with films sold around the world, including; ‘Nativity 2’, ‘Live Forever’, and ‘El Cantante’.

Moviehouse Entertainment are handling the sales for the film and Mark is also a Director of Funny Cow’s production company ‘Laughing Girl Limited’.

Peter Dunphy | Executive Producer

Peter has a background in private equity, with the establishment and successful exit of a number of EIS companies and worked as an Investment Director for ‘Dragons Den’s’ James Caan assessing investment targets. He is a Director of Gizmo Films which is the finance partner Company of the film. He has Executive Produced seven feature films, including most recently financing ‘Mad To Be Normal’ starring David Tennant.

Charlotte Arden | Executive Producer

Charlotte is an experienced film producer with expertise in distribution, marketing, casting and fundraising. She has produced & co-produced a number of documentaries and feature films, most recently ‘Mad To Be Normal’ starring David Tennant, Michael Gambon, Elisabeth Moss and Gabriel Byrne.

Gizmo Films Productions have made numerous documentary films for TV including major broadcasters such as the BBC and Discovery and has since 2012 produced 4 feature length documentaries and 3 full length fiction feature films.


ENTERTAINMENT ONE (eOne) is one of the film industry’s largest independent distributors and has pre-bought ‘Funny Cow’, with an eye to a theatrical (cinema) 2017 release, home entertainment distribution (VOD & DVD) and the 2017/18 awards season.

Ashanti McIntosh for eOne commented: “We’re thrilled to be involved with this smart, funny, original British film and look forward to bringing this fantastic set of characters to UK audiences.”


A new company has been established ‘Laughing Girl Limited’ to produce the feature film ‘Funny Cow’, the accompanying feature length documentary with Jarvis Cocker about the background to and making of the film and the soundtrack album by Richard Hawley. It qualifies for Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) benefits for private investors (SEIS has now been fully subscribed). Investment closes September 2017.

The Government introduced this scheme back in 1994, as a way to encourage private investment into companies too small to be listed on the Stock Exchange.

The minimum investment level is £10,000 as a Self Certificated Investor.


Gizmo films Productions is a full member of the EIS Association, the official trade body for the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

EIS – The Tax Relief Available

Income Tax Relief
This is available to individuals only, who subscribe for (although this can be through a nominee), shares in an EIS. Relief is at 30% of the cost of the shares, to be set against the individual’s Income Tax liability for the tax year in which the investment was made.

Relief can be claimed up to a maximum of £1,000,000 invested in such shares, giving a maximum tax reduction in any one year of £300,000 providing you have sufficient Income Tax liability to cover it.

There is a ‘carry back’ facility which allows all or part of the cost of shares acquired in one tax year, to be treated as though those shares had been acquired in the preceding tax year. Relief is then given against the Income Tax liability of that preceding year rather than against the tax year in which those shares were acquired. This is subject to the overriding limit for relief for each year. The shares must be held for a certain period or Income Tax relief will be withdrawn. Generally, this is 3 years from the date the shares were issued.

Capital Gains Tax exemption
If you have received Income Tax relief (which has not subsequently been withdrawn) on the cost of the shares, and the shares are disposed of after they have been held for the minimum period to qualify for Income Tax Relief (above), any gain is free from Capital Gains Tax.

Loss Relief
If the shares are disposed of at a loss, you can elect that the amount of the loss, less any Income Tax relief given, can be set against income of the year in which they were disposed of, or any income of the previous year, instead of being set off against any capital gains.

Capital Gains Tax Deferral Relief
This is available to individuals and trustees of certain trusts. The payment of tax on a capital gain can be deferred where the gain is invested in shares of an EIS qualifying company. The gain can arise from the disposal of any kind of asset, but the investment must be made within the period 1 year before or 3 years after the gain arose. There are no minimum or maximum amounts for deferral. Investors may claim both Income Tax and capital gains deferral relief.

Investment Terms
Minimum Investment £10,000. Maximum Investment £100,000
UK Investors must be able to self-certify as a Restricted, High Net Worth or Sophisticated Investor – full details of qualification will be supplied to all prospective investors.
UK and Overseas Investors welcomed. EIS only available to qualifying UK tax payers.


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