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Crying With Laughter


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Crying With Laughter

BAFTA - Best Fiction Film
IFF Edinburgh 2009 - Michael Powell Award (nomination)
Great Britain 2009 12+ 93min.
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"A Bad Trip Down Memory Lane."

Joey Frisk is a stand-up comic whose life has just stopped being funny. In the most important week of his career, with an American talent scout flying in to Edinburgh to check out his act, his life begins to unravel. Already struggling with an addiction to cocaine, he’s barely able to cope with the responsibilities he shares with his ex-wife Karen when it comes to looking after their young daughter, Amy. When his landlord promises to evict him for not paying his rent, Joey retaliates that night during his act, threatening to kill the man in front of a captive audience.

Things spiral out of control when Joey wakes up the next day and is arrested for Grievous Bodily Harm. His landlord is in hospital with a fractured skull and the police have witnesses as to Joey’s abusive threats. To make matters worse, Joey has no memory of what happened. Looking for help, he turns to Frank Archer, a former friend who has recently walked back into his life. Together at military school 25 years earlier, Frank is keen that he and Joey get reacquainted and offers to take him into the home he shares with his muchyounger girlfriend Colette. But as Joey finds out, friendship is the last thing on Frank’s mind.

Justin Molotnikov Stephen McCole, Malcolm Shields, Andrew Neil, Jo Hartley
Justin Molotnikov
Martin Radich
Lorne Balfe
Gary Scott