We first told you about the film Frank back in September 2012 when Film 4 first announced they were making a semi fictional film of Frank Sidebottom’s life and that it would star Michael Fassbender (currently killing it in Steve McQueens incredible Oscar nominated film 12 Days a Slave) as our hero. The film today receives it’s premiere at Sundance Film Festival – the place many famous independent filmmakers received their big break. We wish the team behind the film the very best of luck.
The film Frank is a fantasy based on the life of Chris Sievey, who fronted punk group The Freshies and created the comic persona Frank Sidebottom. It was loosely based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and follows a musician whose world is turned upside down when he meets Frank, an enigmatic musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.
Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating…and because he wears a giant fake head. After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band members, and they retreat to a cabin in the woods to record an album. As his influence waxes, creative tensions mount, and the band’s entire raison d’être is called into question.
The film was written by Jon Ronson (‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’) and Peter Straughan (‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’) and as well as Michael Fassbender (‘Haywire’, ‘Shame’), it also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Secretary’) and Domhnall Gleeson (‘Sensation’, ‘Shadow Dancer’). It’s an Irish film and was made in Wicklow and Dublin.