BEING FRANK is now out on DVD and BLU RAY

“BEING FRANK has the fascination of an enduring pop footnote.”


“A wonderful ode to a unique mind and artistry.”

Glide Magazine

“A pop-culture outsider gets his colourful due.”

Hollywood Reporter

“Moving and funny with amazing archive.”

Jon Ronson

Steve Sullivan’s funny and moving BIFA nominated documentary, BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY will be released in the UK and Ireland by Altitude on 29th March 2019

Ahead of the release special screening events are being lined up at cinemas around the UK!

BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY is 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 creative superhero with a fanatical desire to preserve the myth he created, and eventually having to battle against being consumed by his alter ego.

BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY includes extensive archive from Chris’s personal collection of hundreds of boxes of notebooks, home movies, art and music. Insights from Chris’ family, friends, and colleagues, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble and Mark Radcliffe, finally reveal the unknown story of Chris Sievey – a songwriter, artist, comedian, husband, dad and wayward genius.

Director and producer Steve Sullivan has spent over seven years digging through Chris’s personal archive, interviewing friends and family and bringing BEING FRANK to the big screen.

Steve’s short, A HEAP OF TROUBLE (2001), a musical starring nine naked men won the Grand Jury Prize at the Montreal Comedy Festival, a BAFTA for Best Short Film and was selected for International Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY was recently nominated in the best documentary category at the British Independent Film Awards 2018.

Hamish Moseley, Head of Distribution at Altitude Films said; “Fans of Frank Sidebottom will be thrilled to see Chris for the first time within such a goldmine of previously unseen footage. And those yet to discover the delights of this incredible outsider artist are in for a hilarious and very moving 100mins. This film is magic; you know it is, it really is.”

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