Sarah Cook talks to director Steve Sullivan about his new film Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story. Playing at Picturehouse Cinemas now.
A tender, funny and balanced documentary about maverick Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom, and the life and art of his hidden creator, the wayward genius Chris Sievey.
Frank Sidebottom, remembered fondly as the man with the papier-mâché head, was the court jester of the Manchester music and comedy scene for over 25 years, but only a privileged few knew the man inside.
Calling on extensive archive material from Chris’s personal collection, including home movies, notebooks, art and music, and valuable insights from his family, friends and colleagues, Being Frank tells a twisted tale of split personalities: a suburban superhero with a fanatical desire to preserve the myth he created, who would eventually have to battle against being consumed by his alter ego.