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by Steve Sullivan


The fantastic true story of the maverick mind behind Frank Sidebottom and The Freshies, as told by the people who knew him. Chris Sievey was a Manchester performance artist, punk performer and stand-up comic who lived an elaborate double life. His most famous creation was Frank Sidebottom, with his huge papier-mâché head, but this was far more than an eccentric comedy performance. As long as the head was on, Chris transformed totally into Frank and the line between fiction and reality blurred. Very few people got to understand the man behind the mask, and sadly Sievey passed away in June 2010. For the first time Sievey’s family, close friends and colleagues discuss this innovative, wayward genius, and attempt to explain why he chose to spend 28 years letting Frank steal his limelight. Drawing on unique archive footage of Chris and Frank, sourced from Sievey's own extensive archive of Super 8 film, VHS tapes and DVDs, it’s time to take off the head!

international title: Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
original title: Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
country: United Kingdom
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Steve Sullivan
film run: 105'
release date: GB 29/03/2019, IE 29/03/2019
cinematography by: Ezra Byrne
film editing: Steve Sullivan
art director: Dave Arnold
music: Frank Sidebottom, Chris Sievey
producer: Steve Sullivan
co-producer: Hank Starrs
executive producer: Thomas R. Atherton, Adam Partridge
production: Being Frank Productions, Piece of Cardboard Productions
distributor: Altitude Film Entertainment Distribution
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