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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

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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!
Official Selection SXSW Film Festival 2018 - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
100 mins
Steve Sullivan
Steve Sullivan
Executive Producer
Alex Usborne, Adam Partridge, Thomas R Atherton
Steve Sullivan
Steve Sullivan
Director of Photography
Ezra Byrne
Production Designer
Dave Arnold
Sound Designer: Dai Shell; Sound Recordist: Dom Corbisiero
Chris Sievey, Frank Sidebottom
Principal Cast
With contributions from: John Cooper Clarke, Johnny Vegas, Mark Radcliffe, Ross Noble, John Thompson, Mike Joyce, Jon Ronson

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Last updated 12th March 2018

Production Company

A Being Frank Productions, Piece of Cardboard Productions Ltd film produced in association with Ffilm Cymru Wales, 104 Films, Fat Controller Management Ltd.

Being Frank Productions
Steve Sullivan


Bridge Independent
Bill Straus