Crying with Laughter (2010)


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 much-younger girlfriend Colette. But as Joey finds out, friendship is the last thing on Frank’s mind.


Best Film - BAFTA Scotland Awards
Best Feature Length Drama - Celtic Media Festival
Top 5 - Audience Award - Edinburgh International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize - Edmonton International FIlm Festival


Michael Powell Award - EIFF
Best UK Feature - Raindance
Hitchcock d'Or - Dinard Festival of British Film
World Soundtrack Discovery Award 2009 (Lorne Balfe)
Best Writing in Film (Justin Molotnikov), Best Acting in Film (Stephen McCole) - BAFTA Scotland Awards
Best New Director - Richard Attenborough Film Awards


  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009
  • Abandon Normal Devices Festival of New Cinema, Liverpool 2009
  • Cambridge Film Festival 2009
  • Dinard Festival of British Film 2009
  • New British Film Festival, Moscow 2009
  • Raindance Film Festival, London 2009
  • Leeds International Film Festival 2009
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010
  • Celtic Media Festival, Northern Ireland 2010
  • Cinema Mundi, Brno 2010
  • Bradford Film Festival 2010
  • South by South West, Texas 2010
  • REC 10 Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tarragona
  • Newport Beach Film Festival 2010
  • Sudbury Cinefest, 2010
  • Edmonton International Film Festival, 2010
  • Scanorama Film Festival, Vilnius 2010
  • Ex-Ground Film Festival, Wiesbaden 2010
  • Mostly British Film Festival, San Francisco 2011
  • Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, Ontario 2011