The Frank Sidebottom story, and that of the man behind him, are explored in a new documentary.

 

Heading into cinemas at the end of next month is Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story. This is the official documentary about the comedian Frank Sidebottom, and furthermore, the story of his creator Chris Sievey (a story was also told to a degree in the 2014 movie, Frank).

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A trailer for the film has just been released, and a synopsis for it issued as well. Let’s do the trailer first…

And here’s the official synopsis…

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. Being Frank 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.

Steve Sullivan has directed the film, which will be in cinemas and on digital from March 29th.

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