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I Used to Be Funny

Country: Canada, Language: English, 105 mins

  • Director: Ally Pankiw
  • Writer: Ally Pankiw
  • Producer: Jason Aita, Paul Barkin, Li-Wei Chu, Mark Gingras, Judy Holm, Jordan Nahmias, Ally Pankiw, Breann Smordin, James Weyman

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Sam Cowell, an au pair and aspiring stand-up comedian, is struggling with PTSD and must decide whether to join the search for Brooke, a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. The story exists between the present, where Sam tries to recover from her trauma and get back on stage, and the past, where memories of Brooke make it difficult to ignore the petulant teen’s sudden disappearance. Toronto’s own Ally Pankiw delivers a debut feature that is both funny and heartbreaking in its honest look at sexual violence, trauma, and recovery, and how they affect the relationships and communities that shape us.



Cast & Characters

Rachel Sennott (as Sam)
Olga Petsa (as Brooke Renner)
Jason Jones (as Cameron)
Sabrina Jalees (as Paige)
Caleb Hearon (as Philip)
Ennis Esmer (as Noah)
Dani Kind (as Jill)
Hoodo Hersi (as Zara)
Dan Beirne (as Tim)
Stephen Alexander (as Nathan)
Miguel Rivas (as Officer Conrad Lawrence)
Marvin Kaye (as Officer Jim Gerrard)
Paloma Nuñez (as Female Defense Lawyer)
Kathy Imrie (as Judge Mathers)
Janice Mendes (as Female Police Officer)
Matia Jackett (as Candace)
Daniel Woodrow (as Waiter)
D.J. Mausner (as Receptionist)
Anna Floros (as News Anchor)
Hannah Spear (as Laura Renner)
Marisa 'Mason' McDonald (as Comedy Pal (as Marisa McDonald))