Being Frank (2018)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 45m
  • 2018

Steve Sullivan’s debut feature documentary Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story tells a twisted tale of split personalities.

The film 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 – playing at Wembley Stadium, getting his TV show and building an army of fans. 

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…


Steve Sullivan


Hank Starrs


Steve Sullivan


Ezra Byrne

Film Editor

Steve Sullivan


Chris Sievey




United Kingdom


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