Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

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    Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

    Directed by

    United Kingdom

    2018

    100 min

    • English

    Documentary

    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.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Paula Sievey
    Jon Ronson
    Johnny Vegas
    Production
    PIECE OF CARDBOARD PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    Steve Sullivan

    Steve Sullivan

    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.