Steve Sullivan directs this British documentary about the man behind the creation of eccentric comedian Frank Sidebottom. The work charts the cult following of the Mancunian comedian with the papier-mâché head as well as the artistic struggles of the man who created him. The documentary features interviews with those who knew him and were influenced by him, including Johnny Vegas and John Cooper Clarke. Also available on DVD.
‘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-mâché 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 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’ includes extensive archive material from Chris’s personal collection of hundreds of boxes of notebooks, home movies, art and music. Insights from Chris’s 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 musician, songwriter, artist, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and wayward genius.