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13/05/2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

£5 – £7

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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.

Includes introduction and post-film Q&A with the director Steve Sullivan

BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY + Q&A | Steve Sullivan | 2018 | UK | Cert 15 | 103 mins


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.

BEING FRANK includes extensive archive from Chris’s personal collection of hundreds of boxes of notebooks, home movies, art and music. Insights from Chris’ family, friends, and colleagues, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble, and Mark Radcliffe, finally reveal the unknown story of Chris Sievey – a songwriter, artist, comedian, husband, dad and wayward genius.

Featuring Frank Sidebottom, Chris Sievey, Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble, Mark Radcliffe, Little Frank

Awards and Reviews

Nominee, Best Documentary – British Independent Film Awards
BFI London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Cork Film Festival Official Selections

“As an eager probing portrait of the man in the head, BEING FRANK has the fascination of an enduring pop footnote, and it could be the kind of cult film that FRANK wasn’t.” – Variety

“Sullivan’s film is a rollercoaster of emotions for fans of Sievey; it’s hard not to see his end as a cruel tragedy, but there is enough joy in his work on show in the documentary to offset the ultimate sadness.” – Starburst


BEING FRANK is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).


Programme Details

Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around ten minutes before the performance starts.

7:00pm: Programme starts

9:00pm: Programme ends

The programme run time includes an allowance for introductions and trailers. This may vary and in some cases the film will begin immediately after a short introduction. While we will endeavour to accommodate latecomers, this may not always be possible. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entry, without a refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised programme start time.

Tickets Terms and Conditions

If any tickets remain unsold they can be purchased on the door on the night of the screening, but we strongly advise buying in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased; we cannot reserve tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. We reserve the right to refuse admission, without refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised start time.

If you purchase a membership or student ticket your membership card/student ID MUST be presented along with your ticket on the door when you come to a film. If you do not have your membership card/student ID we reserve the right to charge an additional £1 for your ticket.


Hull Truck Theatre
50 Ferensway
Hull, HU2 8LB United Kingdom
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01482 323638

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