Janey. Janey Godley. Credit: Hopscotch Films
Janey

Janey

  • 2024 film

Documentary feature following Scottish comedian Janey Godley on tour and discussing her tumultuous life. Also features Jimmy Carr, Nicola Sturgeon and Ashley Storrie.

  • Due to be released on 15th March 2024
Janey. Janey Godley. Credit: Hopscotch Films

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
2024
Stars
Janey Godley, Jimmy Carr, Nicola Sturgeon and Ashley Storrie
Director
John Archer
Producer
John Archer
Company

Last year Scottish comedian Janey Godley was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her response was to go on a punishing stand up tour, Not Dead Yet.

Janey grew up dirt poor in Glasgow, she was sexually abused by her uncle, and her alcoholic mother was murdered. Aged seventeen Janey married into a notorious gangster family. She ran a pub with her husband, until his brothers muscled in. Janey escaped by becoming a stand-up comedian, feted as the female Billy Connolly.

Janey famously greeted Trump at Turnberry with the sign "Trump is a cunt", celebrated by Dolly Parton in World On Fire: "Janey got a sign to carry in the fight". During the pandemic, she conquered social media by re-voicing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's briefings. Then she was cancelled. when decade-old tweets showed Janey being implicitly racist. She apologised and built back her career, then the cancer hit.

This fly on the wall documentary tells her story and tours Scotland with Janey, her friend Shirley and daughter, comedian Ashley Storrie. We see her with Nicola Sturgeon, Jimmy Carr and winning the first Billy Connolly Award, her tour culminating at the 3,000 seat Glasgow SEC.

Additional details

Duration
78 minutes
UK release
Friday 15th March 2024
UK premiere
Sunday 10th March 2024, Glasgow Film Festival
Distributors

Cosmic Cat

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

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