Directed by Steve Sullivan.
Featuring Frank Sidebottom, Ross Noble, Johnny Vegas, Mike Joyce, John Cooper Clarke, Mark Radcliffe, and John Thomson.
The story of musician-turned-comedian Chris Sievey, whose flamboyant creation Frank Sidebottom took the British comedy scene by storm in the 1980s and 90s.
Steve Sullivan’s pop-y doc is a far cry from the Jon Ronson-penned, Lenny Abrahamson indie Frank, even if they do technically start in the same place; an eponymous musical genius hidden inside a giant paper mache head. The core difference though, is the focus. Whilst the Fassbender-starring movie was exactly that – a big-screen adventure with kooky characters and clever storytelling, Sullivan’s real-world version has a lot fewer bells and whistles, but a heftier dose of heart.
The real side to the Chris Sievey/Frank Sidebottom dichotomy isn’t quite as fantastical and life-affirming as Ronson’s