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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

  • 2019 film

Feature length documentary about alternative comedy character Frank Sidebottom, and his creator, Chris Sievey. Also features Dave Arnold, Paul Dolman, John Cooper Clarke, Johnny Vegas, Mark Radcliffe and more.



2014's Frank fictionalised the identity of an artist performing under an outsized papier-mâché head with distinctive Pacman-shaped eyes. The truth is arguably even stranger.

Featuring: Dave Arnold, Johnny Vegas, Dan Parrott, Chris Sievey, Emma Bunton & David Soul.

Manchester native Chris Sievey dreamed of pop-music stardom but belated recognition only came incognito, through his loveably anarchic creation. Working from Sievey's own exhaustive self-documentation (old cassettes, degraded video) and deftly incorporating interviews with loved ones and admirers (including former band members DJ Mark Radcliffe and Frank's co-screenwriter Jon Ronson), director Steve Sullivan assembles a compelling portrait of a mercurial, often tortured artist with a chequered private life. Though the Sidebottom head is revealed as both a vehicle for success and eventual aesthetic straightjacket, the film fittingly evokes Sievey's painstaking, handcrafted art at its frank, freewheeling best.

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