Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story is a feature length documentary that 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.
World premiere – SXSW
Press coverage from SXSW
“A pop-culture outsider gets his colorful due.” Hollywood Reporter
““Being Frank” has the fascination of an enduring pop footnote, and it could be the kind of cult film that “Frank” wasn’t.” Variety
“A wonderful ode to the unique mind and artistry that birthed Frank Sidebottom.” Glide Magazine
“I was absolutely riveted by this film.” Cultured Vultures
“Moving and funny with amazing archive. Reminds me of The Devil and Daniel Johnson.” Jon Ronson
“I was thoroughly entertained and moved by this documentary. I highly recommend it.” Susan Sarandon
An archive and character-driven documentary about the explosion of breakdancing in the UK in the early 1980s and how teenage obsessions shape the rest of our lives. Previously unseen archive footage shines the light on a forgotten era in British youth culture.
Best Documentary – Hip Hop Film Festival NYC
★★★ Total Film
★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★ The Guardian
“Packs one hell of an emotional knockout punch while being funny and entertaining.” The Resident, NYC
“Life affirming and moving.” VICE
“A vibrant snapshot of English urban life.” ★★★ Radio Times
“Lovingly evokes the explosive impact of this new sub-culture.” Sight & Sound
Five former breakdancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant UK Hip Hop scene of the early 1980s and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life on inner city council estates. As the wild energy of the scene burned out their adolescent dreams met the realities of adulthood. But the scene had a lasting legacy on their lives – once a B Boy, always a B Boy… and then a tragic event gives them an unexpected chance to recapture the past.