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. 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.
- Paula Sievey
- Jon Ronson
- Johnny Vegas
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Filmmaker Steve Sullivan worked with maverick comedian Frank Sidebottom (aka Chris Sievey). After Chris's death Steve became custodian of his possessions and crowdfunded a documentary unearthing the real life of this most secretive of artists. Steve's previous films have won awards internationally, including at the Montreal Comedy Festival.