Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story explores the extraordinary secret life of artist Chris Sievey, best known as his alter ego Frank Sidebottom, the maverick Manchester comedian in a papier mâché head.

Chris Sievey was a songwriter, artist, comedian and wayward genius. A man whose life was a fantastic, subversive piece of performance art.

His greatest creation, the mysterious Frank Sidebottom becomes a star – a manic, insane, mercurial star who obscures his own creator.

Chris grows to resent his creation and descends into alcoholism and bankruptcy, but his genius cannot survive without being Frank. So Chris devises a master plan…

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Steve Sullivan



Director: Steve Sullivan
Executive Producer: Alex Usborne, Adam Partridge, Thomas R Atherton
Producer: Steve Sullivan
Screenwriter: Steve Sullivan
Cinematographer: Ezra Byrne
Editor: Steve Sullivan
Production Designer: Dave Arnold
Sound Designer: Dai Shell
Music: Chris Sievey/Frank Sidebottom
Principal Cast: Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Paula Sievey, Martin Sievey, Johnny Vegas, Ross Noble, John Thomson, Dave Arnold
Additional Credits: Sound Recordist: Dom Corbisiero, Associate Producer: Hank Starrs


Public Film Contact
Steve Sullivan
Piece of Cardboard Productions Ltd
Publicity Contact
Sally Hodgson
Sales Agent
Bill Straus -
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Documentary, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Runtime: 100:55 mins