Sat Oct 21, 8:30 PM
Director: Ally Pankiw
105 minutes
R 18+

A comedian grapples with her traumatic past in this sharp, superbly-acted dramedy.

A dramedy that balances humour and pathos with rare, effortless finesse, I Used to Be Funny is highlighted by a captivating performance by Rachel Sennott (star of AFF 2020’s sell-out hit Shiva Baby and HBO’s The Idol). Toronto native Sam (Sennott) is a part-time stand-up comedian and full-time nanny battling with depression. After Brook, a teen she used to babysit, goes missing, Sam is flooded with traumatic and fragmentary memories of her time with Brook’s family. The film is elevated beyond being a character study of a spiraling individual through its true-to-life portrayal of friendship, its unfolding narrative tension, and its ability to find humour in adversity.

“This film manages to be genuinely funny while simultaneously confronting hard-hitting subjects that are no laughing matter, fully and appropriately confident in the exceptionally delicate balance it manages to achieve.” (Awards Watch)

“Raw, thoughtful, funny, and featuring a chilling dramatic performance by Rachel Sennott, I Used to Be Funny marks a stellar filmmaking debut for writer/director Ally Pankiw.” (Rendy Reviews)

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand World Cinema
Language English
Director Ally Pankiw
Producer James Weyman, Jason Aita, Breann Smordin
Writer Ally Pankiw
Cinematographer Nina Djacic
Editor Curt Lobb
Music Ames Bessada
Cast Rachel Sennott, Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees
Genre Black Comedy, Dramedy