Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

2018, Documentary/Music, 1h 40m

26 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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A behind-the-scenes portrait as warm and bittersweet as its subject's art, Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story should satisfy newcomers as well as longtime fans. Read critic reviews

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The life of Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom.

Cast & Crew

John Cooper-Clarke
Mark Radcliffe
John Thomson
Thomas R. Atherton
Executive Producer
Adam Partridge
Executive Producer
Alex Usborne
Executive Producer
Frank Sidebottom
Music
Chris Sievey
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Ezra Byrne
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Critic Reviews for Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

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  • 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...

    April 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Really affectionate and thorough.

    April 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This affectionate, frequently amusing documentary portrait explores the complex, symbiotic relationship between the late Sievey and the creation that threatened to swallow his whole identity.

    March 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing study of the creative fecundity that gathered around Manchester in the post-punk years.

    March 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] lovingly assembled, rollickingly funny documentary...

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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...

    April 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Really affectionate and thorough.

    April 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This affectionate, frequently amusing documentary portrait explores the complex, symbiotic relationship between the late Sievey and the creation that threatened to swallow his whole identity.

    March 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing study of the creative fecundity that gathered around Manchester in the post-punk years.

    March 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With unparalleled access to an archive of material found rotting in the late Sievey's brother's cellar, we see early home videos, Freshies performances, Frank's tours of his beloved hometown...

    June 17, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an education for those who missed the wave of love for Frank Sidebottom, and a warm tribute for those who were part of the phenomenon.

    August 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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