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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story 15 rating

Frank Sidebottom was a pillar of alternative comedy of the late 80s/early 90s, and this charming documentary remembers the man behind the papier-mâché head.

Biopic 2018 101 mins

Director: Steve Sullivan



Cult comedy figure Frank Sidebottom, the anarchic pop-star-wannabe from Timperley, is one of the most beloved characters to come out of the alternative comedy scene in the late 80s. Being Frank takes a hilarious in-depth look at another Mancunian with pop dreams: Chris Sievey, the man behind Frank.

Using footage from Sievey's relentless self-documentation, and interviews with the likes of Frank's former band members, DJ Mark Radcliffe and author Jon Ronson (co-writer of 2014's Frank, a fictionalised account of Sidebottom) Being Frank presents a comprehensive look at Sievey as an obsessive and often tortured artist.