“A pop-culture outsider gets his colorful due.” – Hollywood Reporter
BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY
UK | 2018 | 105 min
Steve Sullivan’s debut feature documentary BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY tells a twisted tale of split personalities.
The film explores the extraordinary secret life of artist Chris Sievey, best known as his alter ego Frank Sidebottom, the maverick Manchester comedian in a papier mâché head.
Chris Sievey was a songwriter, artist, comedian and wayward genius. A man whose life was a fantastic, subversive piece of performance art. His greatest creation, the mysterious Frank Sidebottom becomes a star – a manic, insane, mercurial star who obscures his own creator – playing at Wembley Stadium, getting his TV show and building an army of fans.
Chris grows to resent his creation and descends into alcoholism and bankruptcy, but his genius cannot survive without ‘Being Frank’. So Chris devises a master plan…
In his fascinating documentary Steve Sullivan reconstructs the life of Sievey through interview with the people who knew him and through extraordinary access to Sievey’s private archive.
Lenny Abrahamson’s feature film FRANK was inspired by Sievey’s life.
“A wonderful ode to the unique mind and artistry that birthed Frank Sidebottom” – Glide Magazine
““Being Frank” has the fascination of an enduring pop footnote, and it could be the kind of cult film that “Frank” wasn’t.” – Variety
“I was thoroughly entertained and moved by this documentary. I highly recommend it.” – Susan Sarandon
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