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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story Rated 15

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Dir. Steve Sullivan. UK, 2018. 1h 45m. Starring Frank Sidebottom, Johnny Vegas, Ross Noble, John Cooper Clarke, Mark Radcliffe, Jon Ronson, Mike Joyce.

Frank Sidebottom was the court jester of the Manchester music and comedy scene for over 25 years but only a handful of peiople knew the man inside the papier-mâché head. This affectionate documentary tells the twisted tale of a wayward genius, his burning desire to preserve the myth he created, and his battle against being consumed by his alter ego.

‘The character becomes, by the end of this fascinating film, a self-lacerating cri de coeur from an artist who felt he could do, and probably deserved, better.’ ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times

‘Sievey was hugely dysfunctional, but his mania produced utterly unique, anarchic work - one couldn't have existed without the other. This is a meticulously crafted tribute…’ ★★★★ Alex Godfrey, Time Out