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Preview - Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story + Q&A with Steve Sullivan

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019 - 6:00pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
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-mâché 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 superhero with a fanatical desire to preserve the myth he created, and eventually having to battle against being consumed by his alter ego.

Director Steve Sullivan pieces together Sievey’s split personality through an extensive archive of personal notebooks, movies, art and music, alongside insights from his closest confidants, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble, and more. What he uncovers is an intimate portrait of a sensitive, tortured outsider artist, forever on the outside looking in.

The film has been produced, directed and edited by filmmaker 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.

Steve's previous films have won awards internationally. He is best known for his short film A Heap Of Trouble, a musical about naked men, which won the grand jury prize at the Montreal Comedy Festival, a BAFTA Cymru for Best Short Film, and has screened at over 100 film festivals around the world.

The film is due for general release Spring 2019.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Steve.

We have a limited allocation of members' tickets available. Email Vicki to reserve your place.

Public tickets are available to purchase via Chapter.