Being Frank: The Chris Sievey story is the official documentary about Manchester alternative comedian Frank Sidebottom, and his creator Chris Sievey.
As a musician, comedian and TV Personality, Frank inspired a generation drawn to the enthusiasm, cheerfulness and general absurdity of his persona. He was much loved and as a result a funding campaign to make a documentary about his career has received the support of many celebrities including Billie Bragg, Chris Moyles, Matt Lucas, Danny Leigh, Neil Gaiman, Paddy Considine, Al Murray, Jenny Eclair, Lee Boardman, Josie Long and Christine Bottomley.
While he was alive, Frank Sidebottom’s true identity was a closely guarded secret, but for the first time Chris Sievey’s family, close friends and colleagues are prepared to discuss this innovative, wayward genius and explain why he chose to spend 28 years wearing a papier mache head and letting Frank steal his limelight.
Being Frank will also feature archive footage of Chris and Frank, sourced from hundreds of hours of footage from Chris’ own archive of Super 8 film, VHS tapes and DVDs.
The film is being directed by award-winning filmmaker Steve Sullivan. Steve made a documentary of Frank Sidebottom’s Magical Timperley Tour in 2007. Steve and Chris planned to work together again, but Chris sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2010.
The film is being funded by the fans on the crowd funding website Kickstarter during May 2013. On Kickstarter, backers receive rewards in exchange for supporting the project. If a backer pledges £10, Being Frank will be sent to them as a digital download when it is completed; £20 wins the backer the DVD, and higher sums yield some of Chris Sievey’s own personal memorabilia.
More information can be found on the project page with a video explaining the fundraising and the film:
Kickstarter is an exciting new approach to funding arts projects, where many people are asked to contribute a small amount, but through mass support large amounts are raised.
Who was Frank Sidebottom? It’s time to take off the head.