Frank Sidebottom claimed fame back in the mid 1980s as the unmissable alternative comedian in the papier-mâché head who took Britain’s performance scene by storm. But the man beneath the head – local legend Chris Sievey (pictured) – remained out of the limelight. Following his death in 2010, Sievey’s family and colleagues are ready to reveal the personality behind the celebrated alter ego in Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story; a documentary directed by Steve Sullivan. Looking back on his life – including his music career as the frontman of post-punk band The Freshies – the film aims to feature rare archive footage of Chris’ creative process and will be the first time Frank’s real identity has been spoken about in public. All that lacks is the funding. Director Steve Sullivan is asking fans to donate towards the cause, with the amount donated determining the level at which the film is made. Already at £15,000 within three days, the month-long campaign is aiming for up to £60,000. For more information or to donate, click here.

Hannah Phillips
Published on:
Fri 3 May 2013