Alright boss, what’s this film about then?

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey story is the official documentary about Manchester alternative comedian Frank Sidebottom and his creator Chris Sievey.

It is being made with the support of Chris’ family and will explore for the first time Chris’ life and art, including his alter ego, the maverick Northern performer Frank Sidebottom. The film will also explore Chris’ music career, from his earliest work through to post-punk Manchester band The Freshies and beyond.


During Chris Sievey’s lifetime the true identity of Frank Sidebottom, the man with the papier mache head, was a closely guarded secret. For the first time Chris’ family, close friends and colleagues are prepared to discuss this innovative, wayward genius and attempt to explain why he chose to spend 28 years letting Frank steal his limelight.


Being Frank will also feature the very best archive footage of Chris and Frank, sourced from hundreds of hours of footage from Chris’ own extensive archive of Super 8 film, VHS tapes and DVDs.
It’s time to take off the head!

Have you got one of them trailers?

We’ve got two…

So when’s all this been happening?

We started making the film in 2012, researching hundreds of boxes of Chris’ own possessions including diaries, notebooks, props, costumes and work-in-progress. This amazing archive has helped us understand a highly creative and often chaotic life and revealed many fascinating and hilarious surprises.

In May 2013, we ran a successful pic campaign to help with initial funding for the film. You can visit the original Kickstarter project page here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/126673955/being-frank-the-chris-sievey-story

Since the Kickstarter ended with over 1300 backers and supporters we have been hard at work shooting the film.
During the first half of 2014 the film will be being edited, and over 130 hours of interviews trimmed down into the very best and most insightful stories. This will be combined with the cream of the hundreds of hours of archive footage of Chris and Frank.

When will the film be finished?
As soon as possible...actually. This film is currently being edited from hundreds of hours of amazing archive footage and interviews. It's a labour of love and will be with you as soon as possible. Please sign up for the mailing list, or follow the film on Facebook or Twitter for regular progress updates. Any announcement on a release date will be made here, there and everywhere as soon as it's possible to say.

So who’s making this film?
The film is being produced and directed by Steve Sullivan. Steve collaborated with Frank Sidebottom and Chris Sievey on the 2006 documentary Magical Timperley Tour, an open top bus tour of the beauty spots and civic amenities of Timperley. You can watch it here:

Steve has been making films for over fifteen years, including the award-winning short film A Heap Of Trouble:


Who’s in the film?

We’ve interviewed as wide a cross section of colleagues, friends, fans and family of Chris Sievey as we can. We’ve shot over 50 interviews so far.

They include John Cooper Clarke, Johnny Vegas, Ross Noble, John Thomson, Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Nigel Pivaro (Terry Duckworth from Coronation Street), and Paul Ryder & Gary Whelan of The Happy Mondays. And a puppet.

How can I help support the film?

There are a number of ways everyone can help make this the most comprehensive documentary about Chris and Frank it can be…

Firstly, please pre-order your own copy of the film in the shop. Every penny we raise from pre-orders of the film goes directly into the budget and helps the film become even better. Your funding pays for us to do even more filming, helps to license more TV archive footage, and enables the post-production of the film to be completed as quickly as possible. Your funding will also ensure that the film can be promoted so that Chris and Frank’s work can break out of Timperley and find a worldwide audience.

Secondly, if you have any unique archive photos, audio or video/film footage, please get in touch to let us know. You never know what photo, document or clip might just solve some part of the jigsaw puzzle that was Chris’ life.

And thirdly, you can help to spread the word about the film amongst your friends on Facebook, Twitter or down the pub. Word of mouth is how we’ve built the community that is following and supporting this film. Please help us to keep building this audience. Your support is hugely appreciated and much needed.

Thank you.

Help us to preserve the legend of Chris Sievey.

You know you should, you really should.
Thank you.

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