Frank the film (2014): Fassbender and Gleeson
❚ O.M.G! ANOTHER WACKO TRAILER for a feature film. This is one everyone born North of Macclesfield will want to see – Frank, a fictional story loosely inspired by the brilliant life of eccentric Mancunian musician Chris Sievey, who built a comedy career as Frank Sidebottom, the man in the giant papier-mâché head. He died in 2010 aged only 54.
A young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), finds himself out of his depth when he joins a band that includes the terrifying Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and is led by the enigmatic Frank, played by the Irish actor Michael Fassbender. (Why?) And what goes on inside the giant head? The trailer alone reveals weirdnesses you never knew before. He never takes it off. When bandmates try to force him to remove his head, Frank says: “I have a certificate.” Sob.
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➢ View a rather more heart-warming clip at the website for Frank the film, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, UK release 9 May 2014
Frank the film (2014): Michael Fassbender as Frank Sidebottom
Frank the film (2014): Sidebottom’s avant-garde band recording unusual sounds
Frank the film (2014): Sidebottom frolics to seek inspiration
➢ Previously at Shapersofthe80s: RIP Big Frank and Little Frank who had a Fantastic Funeral
SIDEBOTTOM’S FIRST TV APPEARANCE (1985)
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Filming Frank: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson in the New Mexico desert. (Picture: Artificial Eye)
❚ WITH TIMPERLEY COMEDY LEGEND, Frank Sidebottom, cremated barely 18 months ago, a biopic titled simply Frank started shooting this week in New Mexico. Making his feature debut as a screenwriter is Jon Ronson, former member of Frank’s Oh Blimey Big Band in the 80s and investigator into
The Men Who Stare At Goats. The comedy about a young wannabe musician is a fictionalised account of the life of Lancastrian cult comic Chris Sievey, who was revealed finally in death as the creator of Frank Sidebottom, a character recognised across the North by his outsize papier-mâché head.
Ronson is co-writing the script with the Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), while Film4, the BFI, the Irish Film Board are signing the cheques. The Irish director Lenny Abrahamson has marshalled an exceptional cast led by Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy …
➢ Read more news of Frank-the-movie online at Heyuguys
➢ RIP Big Frank and Little Frank – Comprehensive coverage of Frank Sidebottom’s 2010 funeral and tributes at Shapersofthe80s
➢ I was the keyboard player with the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band – Jon Ronson in The Guardian, 2006