CRACKING THE FRAME – BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY

“A pop-culture outsider gets his colorful due.” – Hollywood Reporter

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BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY
Steve Sullivan
UK | 2018 | 105 min
Benelux premiere

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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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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CRACKING THE FRAME – THE SPACE IN BETWEEN – MARINA ABRAMOVIC IN BRAZIL

“A fascinating journey with one of the most unpredictable and mesmerising artists of our times.” – BFI London

Space in Between

THE SPACE IN BETWEEN – MARINA ABRAMOVIC IN BRAZIL
Marco Del Fiol & Gustavo Almeida|Brazil | 2016 | 86 min

“When you have faith, there is no pain” – Marina Abramović

Legendary performance artists Marina Abramović travels through Brazil at the peak of a deep personal crisis, in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration. The route is comprised of confronting encounters with healers, sages and shamans, and intimate personal rituals and experiences in the Brazilian natural landscape. Through this plunge into the mysterious and the unknown Abramović experiences sacred rituals and attempts to explore the boundaries and limits between artistic process and spirituality.

In what plays out as a sort of spiritual thriller, the documentary follows Abramović through a profound introspective journey through painful memories and past experiences, while revealing the intimate creative process of one of the most important artists of our time.

THE SPACE IN BETWEEN is co-directed by Brazilian artist and filmmaker Marco Del Fiol. During the course of the past decade Del Fiol focused on capturing the work of some of the most important contemporary artists of our time, such as Olafur Eliasson, Isaac Julien and Rafael Franca.

“Gritty, raw, beautiful.” PBS – Top Ten Documentaries to watch at SXSW 2016
“Ruminative and filled with stunning widescreen landscapes, the film stands several aesthetic rungs above 2012 doc, The Artist Is Present.” – Austin Chronicle

The Dutch premiere will take place on Wednesday 26 April 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by a special guest. Further screenings will take place in selected Dutch cinemas in May.

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.