I’ve been hearing some pretty fantastic things about the documentary Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, which is currently playing in cinemas and available on download. I’ve personally not caught the film myself as yet, but it looks like a big DVD and Blu-ray release is being planned for later in the month. We’ve just received some details from Altitude, who are distributing.

Being Frank DVD

We’ve got some details on the upcoming release, but first here’s the synopsis for the movie which tells the story of the man behind the legendary Frank Sidebottom.

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.

The documentary features an extensive archive from Chris’s personal collection of hundreds of boxes of notebooks, home movies, art and music. There are also insights from Chris’ family, friends, and colleagues, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble and Mark Radcliffe.

I’ve got hold of the box-art for the release (above) and the planned bonus material.

DVD & Blu-Ray Extras:
  • PLUS – a further 30mins of bonus footage (Blu-Ray only)

The film is being applauded virtually everywhere and currently has fairly positive reviews online. You can still catch it in cinemas and on the download services, but for those of you who, like me, prefer hard copies in their hands with lovely artwork wrapped around it, the DVD and Blu-ray will be available from 29th April.

Watch the trailer for the piece below. We urge you to catch this.