I Used to be Funny 15


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This film was last shown on 4 July 2024

Sam Cowell (Rachel Sennott), an aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD, must decide whether or not to join the search for Brooke (Olga Petsa), a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. The narrative unfolds in two timelines: the present, where Sam struggles to heal from her trauma and return to the spotlight, and the past, where memories of Brooke's abrupt disappearance weigh heavily on her, becoming increasingly difficult to dismiss.

Premiering at SXSW, writer-director Ally Pankiw’s directorial debut (after directing episodes of SHRILL, BLACK MIRROR and THE GREAT) feature showcases the rich talents of rising star Rachel Sennott (BOTTOMS, 2023; SHIVA BABY, 2020), in a dark dramedy that's both funny and heartbreaking in its honest and refreshing look at trauma and recovery, and how they affect the relationships and communities that shape us.

"Sennott is perfectly cast, portraying Sam as simultaneously lifeless and hilarious with her default blasé attitude and dry-wit humour." — Little White Lies


Ally Pankiw
1 hour 46 minutes
Olga Petsa, Rachel Sennott, Sabrina Jalees


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