Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story 15
From the archive
This film was last shown on 11 April 2019
Being Frank: The Chris
Sievey Story is an inventive documentary that investigates the
extraordinary life of the mystery man beneath the papier-mâché head of cult
British comedy figure Frank Sidebottom.
Manchester native Chris Sievey was a songwriter, artist, comedian and wayward genius. In 1984, after more than a decade of trying and failing to make it in the record business, he turned his life into a fantastic, subversive piece of performance art: his fake-headed pop-star alter ego Frank Sidebottom. This manic, insane and mercurial star obscured his own creator and gained a dedicated army of fans with for example his own TV show, concert at Wembley Stadium and 2014′ fictional film Frank, starring Michael Fassbender. Though the character was a vehicle for success for Sievey, it became the artist’s eventual creative straightjacket.
- Steve Sullivan
- 1 hour 41 minutes