Crying With Laughter

  • 18 Certificate
  • 93 minutes
  • 16 April 2010 (UK)

Joey Frisk is a stand-up comic whose life just stopped being funny. In the most important week of his career, his life unravels. 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, but as Joey soon finds out, friendship is the last thing on Frank’s mind.

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Film information


  • Justin Molotnikov


  • Claire Mundell
  • Rachel Robey
  • Al Clark

Key Cast

  • Stephen McCole
  • Malcolm Shields
  • Andrew Neil
  • Jo Hartley

Crying with Laughter is the debut feature of writer/director Justin Molotnikov.

Synchronicity Films and Wellington Films produced the film, with funding from Scottish Screen, East Midlands Media & BBC Scotland.

Crying with Laughter received its UK premiere at The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009, as part of the British Gala section and nominated for The Michael Powell Award. It was subsequently picked up by Britfilms for UK distribution, and Cinetic in the US. It is widely available on Amazon and iTunes and in many international territories.

The film received strong critical acclaim and was winner of BAFTA Scotland Best Film Award 2009, and The Celtic Film And Media Festival Awards 2010. It was also selected for the prestigious Dinard Festival of British Film.



90 minutes well spent. Gripping.

Ian Rankin, novelist