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A feature length documentary about Manchester's strangest comedian Frank Sidebottom and his creator, Chris Sievey. ADD ON REWARDS!
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    AMOEBA FRANK'S BIG THANK YOU. The smallest incarnation of Frank was Amoeba Frank, and the smallest donation you can make is £1 (GBP). We really appreciate this and to show our gratitude, for every pound you donate you'll receive a link to download a rare high resolution digital image of Frank Sidebottom. If you send 1 pound, you'll receive one photo of Frank. If you send 9 pounds, you'll receive nine photos of Frank.

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    LITTLE FRANK'S DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. For only £10 you get the finished film! You will receive a digital download of the film, as soon as it has had a world premiere (We're aiming for Summer 2014). Once it's done, it's yours to download, keep forever, and watch as many times as you like. You'll also receive a thanks on the Being Frank end credits, yes, your name on the film. PLUS...the previous rewards (the rare photos of Frank)

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    Pledge £20 or more About $27

    LITTLE DENISE'S DVD. You'll receive the Being Frank documentary on a beautifully designed DVD featuring rare photos and artwork on the cover (as soon as it’s had it’s world premiere). PLUS...all previous rewards - the digital download, a thanks on the end credits, and a link to nine rare photos of Frank.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $40

    FRANK'S FANTASTIC BLU RAY. You'll receive a fantastic High Definition Blu Ray disc of the film (as soon as it’s had it’s world premiere), which will really show up all that mouldy old VHS and cine film home movies! It won't make Little Denise's missing head look any better though. PLUS...all previous rewards (DVD, download, photos, your name in the end credits - you get the idea!)

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    Pledge £50 or more About $66

    I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY ENVELOPE. You'll receive a limited edition, sealed ‘I Should be So Lucky’ envelope featuring one paper thingy, selected from Chris Sievey’s own personal archive and a certificate of provenance signed by Martin Sievey (which includes Martin's autograph completely free!). It could be a Frank Sidebottom paper thingy, it could be Freshies memorabilia, it could be one of Chris' page 3s. You should be so lucky! Lucky envelopes sent out by September 2013, film when it's finished. PLUS...all previous rewards (Blu Ray, DVD, download, credits, photos etc).

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    Pledge £100 or more About $132

    I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY BAG. How about this? You'll receive an I Should Be So Lucky Bag containing an original thingy from Chris Sievey's archive. It could be a Thunderbirds figure Frank has beated to a pulp, a Subbuteo man humiliated by Frank, something made to dance like a horse, or something else entirely. It's a mystery item from Chris' archive, in a sealed limited edition bag, including Martin Sievey's provenance and autograph. PLUS, we'll also send you a DVD rerelease of the original Being Frank (1982). This was a Freshies video, featuring the earliest footage of Frank Sidebottom as he goes to a Freshies gig and wrecks it! Not seen for 30 years! Will be sourced from the best quality master available. (only available on Kickstarter) PLUS...you'll get a double disc Blu Ray of the documentary, packed with live footage of Frank and The Freshies, bonus interviews and Steve Sullivan's original Magical Timperley Tour. PLUS...all previous rewards! How lucky are you? Lucky bags sent out by September 2013, original Being Frank by December 2013, the documentary when it's finished.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $263

    I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY BOX. Your own limited edition, sealed, I Should Be So Lucky box containing five thingies from Chris Sievey’s archive. You should be luckier! PLUS...A DVD of The Freshies live at The Gallery, December 1982 (only available on Kickstarter). PLUS...A CD of Frank Sidebottom's unedited answering machine tapes (hear crazy messages left for Frank by his fans in the mid-1980s!) (only available here). PLUS...Two full Frank SIdebottom live gigs on DVD as filmed by Frank Superfan 'Martin with the bobbins hair' (limited edition just for Kickstarter). PLUS...all previous rewards! Lucky boxes sent out by September 2013, original Being Frank, answering machine tapes and Freshies at The Gallery by December 2013, documentary when it's finished.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $657

    CAST AND CREW INVITE Be the very first to see the completed documentary with this ticket to the Cast and Crew screening in Timperley or Manchester (date tbc, travel at own expense). Mingle with the stars of the show and the people who made it, including Martin Sievey and director Steve Sullivan. PLUS...a Deluxe I Should Be So Lucky box containing ten thingies from Chris Sievey’s archive. PLUS...ask Martin Sievey one question via Skype (any subject you like, he isn't guaranteed to know the answer!). PLUS...five complete Frank Sidebottom live gigs as filmed by Frank Superfan 'Martin with the bobbins hair' (only available on Kickstarter) PLUS...a DVD of one of the original Razzvizz VHS tapes (only available on Kickstarter). PLUS, a personal message from you about Frank or Chris in end credits. PLUS...all previous rewards! Lucky boxes sent out by September 2013, original Being Frank and other DVDs by December 2013, documentary when it's finished.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,314

    MEET A FRESHIE AND A CLOWN FOR THE NIGHT! Two tickets to the cast and crew premiere of Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, in Timperley or Manchester area (travel not included) PLUS...your local children's clown to sit your kids while you're out (5 mile radius of where you live). You're not sleeping, why should they? PLUS...Meet a Freshie...or two...or three at The King's Ransom in Sale (travel not included) for fish and chips and a pint. You'll definitely get a night out with Rick Sarko of The Freshies, and hopefully the other two as well (if their Zimmer frames will get them out the door!). PLUS...a Super Deluxe I Should Be So Lucky box containing 20 thingies from Chris Sievey's archive, including one sealed mystery item (something even Martin Sievey doesn't know what it is or why the hell Chris would have kept it!) PLUS...have a 5 minute Scatter (a Skype natter!) with Martin Sievey on the subject of your choice. PLUS...ten live Frank gigs as filmed by Frank Superfan 'Martin with the bobbins hair' on DVD (only available on Kickstarter). PLUS...three original Freshies Razzvizz VHS tapes on DVD (only available on Kickstarter). PLUS... a personal message from you about Frank or Chris in the end credits. PLUS...all previous extras! Lucky boxes sent out by September 2013, original Being Frank and other DVDs by December 2013, documentary when it's finished.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,284

    THE MAGICAL TIMPERLEY (& SALE) TOUR. Join Martin Sievey on a Magical Mystery Tour of Timperley (& Sale!) and view all the most important Chris Sievey and Frank Sidebottom related sites. See where Chris was born, where the Sievey brothers grew up, the houses Chris lived in, the clubs where Frank toyed with his audience, and the venues The Freshies rocked. PLUS...a limited edition Elite Lucky Box of 40 thingies from Chris Sievey's archive. PLUS...an executive producer credit on the film, including your name on the start of the film, and your credit listed on IMDB (International Movie Database). PLUS...4 tickets for the Cast and Crew Premiere of Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, in Timperley or Manchester area (travel not included). PLUS...your local children's clown to sit your kids for the night (5 mile radius of where you live). PLUS...a 2tb hard drive containing as much Frank and Freshies digital archive of videos, live gigs, photos and audio rarities as will fit (curated by director Steve Sullivan). PLUS...visit Chris Sievey's archive (Cardiff area, travel not included). Touch the stuff for yourself in a day curated by director Steve Sullivan. PLUS...two framed prints of Chris' later personal artwork (a limited edition of ten per print). PLUS...all previous extras! Lucky boxes sent out by September 2013, original Being Frank and other materials December 2013, documentary and hard drive when the documentary is finished.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,568

    I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY EXPERIENCE. A professional photographer will take your photo posing with the real Frank Sidebottom head (Manchester area only, travel not included. Sorry, no wearing Frank's head!). PLUS...Co-Producer credit in the film’s opening credits, and listed on IMDB (International Movie Data Base) as a Co-Producer. PLUS...We'll interview you for the film (Manchester area only!) when we are filming interviews between July-September. You’ll get your own version of the film with your interview in, (even if it doesn’t make the finished film). PLUS...a digital 4tb archive packed with Chris Sievey/Frank Sidebottom rare footage, stills, documents etc curated by director Steve Sullivan (as many rarities as he can cram onto a 4tb hard drive). PLUS...8 seats at the Cast and Crew premiere of Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, in Timperley or Manchester area (travel not included). PLUS...your local clown and magician (5 mile radius of where you live). PLUS...an I Should Be So Lucky Treasure Chest containing 100 thingies from Chris Sievey’s archive, including one of Chris' Super 8mm cameras. PLUS...Chewbacca is coming to see you. That's right, you'll get your very own Wookie, as seen on Frank's Magical Timperley Tour 2 (UK only!). Chewie will turn up when you least expect it, by arrangement with your loved ones, and he'll hang out with you and help you deal with any Imperial entanglements. PLUS...three additional framed limited edition prints of Chris' later personal artwork (limited run of five per print). PLUS...the ULTIMATE PRIZE - two tickets for a private gig with The Freshies (or what's left of them!). They'll play all the hits and more...what a night you'll have with these New Wave Gods, and the audience will be limited to anyone who buys the top prize, so maximum of ten people in the mosh pit (date tbc but it will happen!). PLUS...all previous rewards and our gratitude forever! Lucky boxes sent out by September 2013, original Being Frank and other DVDs/CDs by December 2013, hard drive and documentary when it's finished, special events at a convenient date for all to be arranged. Thank you.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,568

    STOP GOING ON ABOUT CHRIS SIEVEY! I don't want to watch the film, I don't want to come to the premiere, I don't want any footage of Frank Sidebottom or the damned Freshies, I don’t want Chris Sievey’s old junk, I don’t want a Chewbacca, a clown, or a magician turning up at my house, I don’t want a credit and I don't want to go for fish and chips with Rick Sarko. What I want is Chris Sievey and Frank Sidebottom out of my life. Just send me one letter promising you'll never contact me about Chris Sievey or Frank Sidebottom ever again. And I don't want to hear about Martin Sievey again either. Here's the money, just get on with it.

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