Rent Being Frank (2018)

4.0 of 5 from 106 ratings
1h 41min
Rent Being Frank (aka Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
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-mache 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.
Actors:
, , Frank Sidebottom, , , , Michele Pouncey, , Stirling Sievey, Gaz Whelan, Harry Sievey, Bruce Mitchell, , Mike Doherty, Paula Sievey
Directors:
Producers:
Sally Hodgson, Steve Sullivan
Writers:
Steve Sullivan
Aka:
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
Studio:
Altitude
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Documentary, Music & Musicals, Special Interest
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/04/2019
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Not-Bobbins Bonus Scenes
  • Fantastic Archive
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/04/2019
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Not-Bobbins Bonus Scenes
  • Fantastic Archive

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Reviews (1) of Being Frank

State-funded documentary about a northern comedian who never made me laugh - Being Frank review by PV

Spoiler Alert
16/05/2019

I would recommend the movie FRANK - a truly weird drama set in the music business and supposedly based on Jon Ronson's time in Frank Sidebottom's (Chris Sievey's) band.

I must admit, I find Frank Sidebottom about as funny as piles, and when I first saw him on The Tube, I think, in the late 80s, I thought he was totally unfunny too.

I notice all commentators here are northern and often from Manchester, so maybe if you're from there, you'll get it - I don't. Same as with Coronation St and so many other things northerners seem to find funny (eg Vic and Bob).

I find 'professional northerners' such as Mark Radcliffe (who speaks here) and Andrew Collins totally tedious. But I agree with Johnny Vegas that it's great when artists have a go, don't aim for X factor stardom, but JUST DO IT and make music, art etc. Though that may come at a cost, personal as well as financial.

Funded by BFI and other state funders - and much like the film doc on perpetual failure John Otway, it's all about the sad life of an attention-seeker.

Fact is, the man who played Frank Sidebottom - Chris Sievey - was not funny and not a particularly good songwriter., yet he kept going. For that he ended up a bankrupt alcoholic dead in his 50s from cancer with a broken family behind him. This is a film about obsession, really.

Sad to see at the end that 2 contributors died since filming - incl Sievey's youngest son Harrison who died aged 24 on his bike in a road accident in 2017.

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