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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story + Director Q&A (15)

Dir: Steve Sullivan | 2018 | UK | Cert 15 | 103 mins

Includes introduction and post-film Q&A with director Steve Sullivan.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story 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 courtjester of the Manchester music and comedy scene for over 25 years but only a privileged few knew the man inside.

The film 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.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story includes extensive archive from Chris’s personal collection of hundreds of boxes of notebooks, home movies, art and music. Insights from Chris’ family, friends, and colleagues, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble, and Mark Radcliffe, finally reveal the unknown story of Chris Sievey – a songwriter, artist, comedian, husband, dad and wayward genius.

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‘As an eager probing portrait of the man in the head, "Being Frank" has the fascination of an enduring pop footnote, and it could be the kind of cult film that "Frank" wasn't." - Variety "Sullivan's film is a rollercoaster of emotions for fans of Sievey; it's hard not to see his end as a cruel tragedy, but there is enough joy in his work on show in the documentary to offset the ultimate sadness.’