Being Frank is the official documentary about maverick Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom, and the life and art of his hidden creator Chris Sievey.
Frank Sidebottom, remembered fondly as the man with the papier mache head, was the court jester of the Manchester music and comedy scene for over 25 years but only a privileged few knew the man inside.
Being Frank tells a twisted tale of split personalities – a suburban creative superhero with a fanatical desire to preserve the myth he created, and eventually having to battle against being consumed by his alter ego.
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.
Ahead of the national release on Friday 29th March, special screening events are being lined up in Frank’s hometown of Timperley as well as a special preview screening at HOME on Friday 8th March including an introduction and Q&A by director Steve Sullivan.
Hamish Moseley, Head of Distribution at Altitude Films said; “Fans of Frank Sidebottom will be thrilled to see Chris for the first time within such a goldmine of previously unseen footage. And those yet to discover the delights of this incredible outsider artist are in for a hilarious and very moving 100mins. This film is magic; you know it is, it really is.”
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story + Intro and Q&A
Date: Friday 8th March
HOME, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN
0161 200 1500