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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018)

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It's a documentary about the life of eccentric comedian Frank Sidebottom who wore a huge papier-mache' head and whose true identity was a closely guarded secret until after he died. The ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Johnny Vegas ... Self - Interviewee
Ross Noble ... Self - Interviewee
John Cooper Clarke John Cooper Clarke ... Self - Interviewee
Chris Sievey Chris Sievey ... Self (archive footage) (as Frank Sidebottom)
Mark Radcliffe Mark Radcliffe ... Self - Interviewee
John Thomson John Thomson ... Self - Interviewee
C.P. Lee C.P. Lee ... Self
Mike Joyce Mike Joyce ... Self - Interviewee
Paula Sievey Paula Sievey ... Self - Interviewee
Stirling Sievey Stirling Sievey ... Self - Interviewee
Michele Pouncey Michele Pouncey ... Self - Interviewee
Gaz Whelan Gaz Whelan ... Self - Interviewee
Mike Doherty Mike Doherty ... Self - Interviewee
Harry Sievey Harry Sievey ... Self - Interviewee
Bruce Mitchell Bruce Mitchell ... Self - Interviewee


It's a documentary about the life of eccentric comedian Frank Sidebottom who wore a huge papier-mache' head and whose true identity was a closely guarded secret until after he died. The 2014 Magnolia Pictures film titled Frank was inspired by his sensational mystery. Written by Willow Dancer

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The unmasking of a creative genius.


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The film was financed through a Kickstarter campaign. 1,300 people donated over £48,000. See more »

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In memory of Harry Sievey (Chris's youngest son) who features in this film. Harry was killed whilst out cycling in 2017 See more »


Features Top of the Pops (1964) See more »

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A beautiful tribute that Chris and Frank would've been proud of

Late 80s. My mates Baz and Bert kept going on about "I've got a papier-mâché head". I didn't know what they were on about. I was a normal teenager - not yet exposed to the wonderful world of the non-mainstream. So I knew more about FS through association rather than anything else. My interest grew further when, on my own in Budapest and craving any English language film, I went to an indie cinema and watched the wonderfully emotional film 'Frank' starring Michael Fassbender as a semi-fictional character loosely based on Chris Sievey's alter-ego FS. 'Frank' was written by Jon Ronson, who was in one of Chris' early bands, and also appeared, as himself, in this documentary. I'd say, if you get the chance, watch 'Being Frank: The Chris Sievy Story' and then 'Frank' the fictional tribute, as a wonderfully weird, poignant and, ultimately beautiful double bill portrayal of this wonderful anti-establishment artist. Both Chris and Frank would approve.

PS - I watched this film at the Brixton Curzon and I was the only person in the theatre. Upstairs, there was a stand up comedy night - and I heard no laughing. Probably hardly anyone there either. If this film gives us any message, it's don't worry about the audiences - just stay true to yourself.

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29 March 2019 (UK) See more »


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GBP48,000 (estimated)

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