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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018)

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It's a documentary about the life of eccentric comidian Frank Sidebottom who wore a huge paper mache' head and whose true identity was a closely guarded secret until after died. The 2014 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Johnny Vegas ... Himself - Interviewee
Ross Noble ... Himself - Interviewee
Frank Sidebottom Frank Sidebottom ... Himself (archive footage)
John Cooper Clarke John Cooper Clarke ... Himself - Interviewee
Mark Radcliffe Mark Radcliffe ... Himself - Interviewee
C.P. Lee C.P. Lee ... Himself
Mike Joyce Mike Joyce ... Himself - Interviewee
Gaz Whelan Gaz Whelan ... Himself - Interviewee
John Thomson John Thomson ... Himself - Interviewee
Bruce Mitchell Bruce Mitchell ... Himself - Interviewee
Mike Doherty Mike Doherty ... Himself - Interviewee


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

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29 March 2019 (UK) See more »


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


Referenced in Granada Reports: 18 March 2019: Lunchtime Bulletin (2019) See more »

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I first heard about Frank Sidebottom when I read a preview of the Michael Fassbender film "Frank" on the Guardian UK site and thought, this phenomenon of a guy who became a novelty pop star while wearing a John Held Jr. mask that he refused to take off even when doing radio interviews sounds fascinating, but why would I want to watch a fiction film about a fictional guy who works for a fictional version of Frank? What I really wanted is this film: a documentary that would explain to a Yank like me what made Frank Sidebottom and his creator Chris Sievey so appealing to his British audiences. (I've tried watching YouTube videos of Frank and was only mystified and a little annoyed. As I said, I'm a Yank.)

Like "The Nomi Song," this film does a superlative job of making a very unique artist from an esoteric branch of New Wave subculture seem like an old friend. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in British pop culture, especially British humor and the original punk/New Wave era.

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