Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story selected for SXSW

Documentary film about one of Britain’s most maverick performers
set to hit SXSW for its World Premiere

Steve Sullivan’s debut feature documentary Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story has been selected for SXSW and will receive its World Premiere between 12 and 14 March in Austin, Texas.

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 British comedian in a fake head.

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. He had his own TV show, and played at Wembley Stadium but only a privileged few knew the man inside that huge head.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story 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.

The film includes extensive archive from Chris’s personal collection of hundreds of boxes of notebooks, home movies, art and music. Insights from Chris’s family, friends, and colleagues, including Jonny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble and Mark Radcliffe, finally reveal the hidden story of Chris Sievey - a musician, songwriter, artist, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and wayward genius.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story took director and producer Steve Sullivan five years to complete and the film received backing from over 3,000 crowdfunders. Production finance came from Ffilm Cymru Wales with further support from 104 Films and Fat Controller Management Ltd.

Sullivan comments: "For the film to be given its World Premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas is unbelievably exciting. To know that Chris Sievey and Frank Sidebottom’s work and legacy is about to be launched on such an important international stage is a tremendous feeling. I can’t wait to bring the film back to the UK and launch it in the biggest possible way later in the year.”

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story will screen at SXSW in the in the festival’s 24 Beats Per Second strand that showcases the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary. Further information via www.sxsw.com

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