Critically acclaimed film director to make guest appearance

BEING FRANK has received critical acclaim, with a score of 96% on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

Hull Independent Cinema’s screening of documentary BEING FRANK will feature a guest appearance from the film’s director, Steve Sullivan.

The film tells the story of Chris Sievey, the comedian and musician behind the 1980s comedy character Frank Sidebottom. The film will be shown at Hull Truck Theatre at 7pm on Monday 13 May, and Sullivan will introduce the film and then take part part in a Q&A session following the screening.

BEING FRANK has received critical acclaim, with a score of 96% on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, and being described as “an absorbing, tender documentary” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian), and “a meticulously crafted tribute” (Alex Godfrey, Time Out).

Frank Sidebottom was introduced to the world in 1984 and was instantly recognisable for his large papier mache head. Sidebottom released comedy records, toured stand-up shows, and appeared on TV and radio throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, and continued to work into the 2000s.

The man inside the oversized head was musician Chris Sievey, although his identity at the time was largely a mystery. Sievey’s musical talent combined with his genius for the surreal meant that Frank Sidebottom gathered a large and devoted following. Sievey died, almost penniless, in 2010, after which he was posthumously recognised with a special achievement prize at the Chortle comedy awards, and a statue erected in the Greater Manchester town of Timperley, with which the character was associated.

HIC’s Head of Programming, Damien Greco, said, “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Steve to Hull to talk about his brilliant new film with our audience. At Hull Independent Cinema we’re always keen to offer people something new and different, and the opportunity to talk with a film’s director about his work is a great example of that. And of course, as with almost all the films we show, it’s impossible to see this film anywhere else in the city.”

Tickets for BEING FRANK cost £8, with discounts available for HIC members, students and those under 25. Tickets are available from the Hull Truck Theatre box office in person, by calling 01482 323638 or by visiting

The screening of BEING FRANK is part of the April – June HIC film season, which brings the best new release world and independent cinema to Hull along with special events such as silent films with live music and specially commissioned short film nights. Full details about the HIC programme can be found at

[James Russell – Hull Independent Cinema]