Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

2019

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

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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.

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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story is the official documentary about maverick Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom, and the life and art of his hidden creator 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. Being Frank tells a twisted tale of split personalities - a suburban superhero with a fanatical desire to preserve the myth he created, and eventually having to battle against being consumed by his alter ego.

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Critic Reviews for Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

  • 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...

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Alex Godfrey

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's appropriate that this absorbing, tender documentary has been driven by a surge of fan loyalty and love.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A charming tribute, even if it doesn't quite get inside the head inside the head.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As an eager probing portrait of the man in the head, "Being Frank" has the fascination of an enduring pop footnote, and it could be the kind of cult film that "Frank" wasn't.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing doc portrait of the English cult star whose head was a watermelon-sized ball of papier-mache, Steve Sullivan's Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story lends an ear to those who knew the man beneath the mask.

    Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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