Update 55 - Award nomination & a quick round up of upcoming film festivals
Just a quick round up of some news about the film...starting with...
We've been nominated for Best Documentary at the BIFAs (that's the British Independent Film Awards -... Read more
Update 53 - European Premiere announcement!
I'm delighted to reveal that Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story has been selected for it's European Premiere at this year's BFI London Film Festival!!!
Click here for... Read more
Update 52 - The future of the Chris Sievey archive, film festivals and other stuff
Hope you’re all enjoying the World Cup, and accompanying heatwave.
Sorry for the radio silence since SXSW back in March. There’s been so much happening with the film... Read more
Update 51 - Being Frank: World Premiere report!!! SXSW - Austin, Texas
Being Frank: World Premiere report!!! SXSW - Austin, Texas
We've finally made it back intact from SXSW and the film went down a storm. I couldn’t be... Read more
Update 50 - All backers please check their names for end credits & then Hit The North
Please check your name in the end credits by Sunday!!!
As I mentioned in the last update about the film being almost ready for its World Premiere, it's... Read more
Update 49 - Fantastic World Premiere announcement!
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story has been selected for a World Premiere at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas!!!
SXSW is one... Read more
Update 48 - Progress, money and Chris Sievey's letter to Chelsea Girl
I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve been in touch, there’s been quite a few developments and so much happening that the time just flies. Thank you... Read more
Update 47 - Progress with Being Frank
Thanks for your patience waiting for the next update. It’s given me the space to just concentrate on the film, which has been ace.
So what stage is... Read more
Update 46 - A tribute to Harry Sievey
A tribute to Harry Sievey
Hi everyone, here’s an update that I never thought I’d end up writing. As I know some of you will have heard, Chris Sievey’s youngest... Read more
Update 45 - Merry Thingy & when Frank Sidebottom crashed the XTC Convention.
As it's Christmas I wanted to give you all something fun to thank you for your amazing, patient support for Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story.
So here's... Read more
Update 44 - pickled toys, archive gold and editing update
Hi everyone, thanks a million for supporting this project and waiting so patiently for it to be finished.
Progress with the film
Since the last update the film has taken... Read more
Update 42 - major milestone reached in the project!
Hi, I'm delighted to say that a huge milestone has been reached in the making of Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story. The first full edit of the whole film... Read more
Update 41 - fantastic new tribute to Frank Sidebottom!
This isn't an update about the documentary as such, but I want to let everyone know about a really fantastic tribute to Frank Sidebottom that's about to happen.... Read more
Update 39 - December 2015 update
It’s been a couple of months since the last update on the film. I’ve had my head down editing like mad and it’s going brilliantly. Have no fear... Read more
Update 38 - Frank Sidebottom's unplayable DVDs
Frank Sidebottom's unplayable DVDs
Researching this film over the past three years has shone a light on many stories, and the more I dig into Chris's working methods (and... Read more
Update 37 - Chris's 60th birthday today! Plus work-in-progress screening report, bonus Frank Sidebottom downloads etc
Chris Sievey's 60th birthday today!!!
Hi, today is Chris Sievey's 60th birthday. Happy birthday, Chris. Frank Sidebottom of course is still only 35 years old, and always will be...
Had... Read more
Update 36 - Last few tickets available for work-in-progress screening on Saturday
Last few tickets for Being Frank work-in-progress thingy
Hi, this is just a quick update to say that there's still a few tickets left for the Being Frank work-in-progress screening... Read more
Update 35 - 5 years today since we lost Chris.
Today is sadly the 5th anniversary of Chris's passing, and while I don't want to dwell on that sad fact, I also know that lots of you will be thinking... Read more
Update 34 - New footage and a work-in-progress talk
A brand new clip from the film
Hi, here's a brand new clip from the film for you, featuring Frank Sidebottom's improvised song, I'm Thinking of a Biscuit, Baby...
https://youtu.be/BwvBEcyGy-M... Read more
Update 33 - March 2015 update
I just wanted to let you know that since the start of the year I’ve been editing all new sequences together and it’s been going brilliantly.
Right now... Read more
Update #31 - Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story - first clip of the film!
First new footage from the film
Right, who'd like the first actual look at some footage from the hundred plus hours we've shot since the Kickstarter campaign? I thought so,... Read more
Update #30 - Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story update
Anyone out there able to decode Morse Code?
While digitising an audio cassette that was mainly Frank Sidebottom keyboard backing tracks - great for the documentary soundtrack, but not what... Read more
Update #29 - Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story update
One of the mystery VHS tapes in Chris Sievey's archive was this "Huckleberry Hound and Friends" tape, with 'frank sidebottom' written over the top of it. The tape had been... Read more
Update #27 - Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story update
I'm delighted to announce that Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story has been selected to take part in a special work-in-progress screening and talk at the Sheffield Doc/Fest... Read more
Update #24 - Spring 2014 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story update
Sorry there's been no update on Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story's progress since before Christmas. I've been working flat out to keep the film moving forward in... Read more
Update #23 - MAJOR UPDATE...Being Frank Xmas message
Oh Blimey, it's Christmas!
Here's a major update to the documentary, folks. It's the launch of the Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story Xmas message...
It contains the first... Read more
Update #21 - Lucky box/bag/envelopes on their way!!!
Hi, this applies to everyone who generously backed the film by £50 or more back in May.
Your thingies from Chris Sievey and Frank Sidebottom's boxes are on their way... Read more
Update #20 - Lucky box/bag/envelope update
I Should be So Lucky boxes/bags/envelopes
If you backed the Kickstarter campaign back in May to the tune of £50 or more you might be wondering Where's my I... Read more
Update #19 - Major filming update 1, and rewards news
Hi everyone, I've finally got a moment to share some of the great news about everything that's been happening with Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story over the past few... Read more
Update #18 - Another three days shooting done
Well, we've done another fantastic shoot for Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, and I just wanted to let you (the film's funders) be the first to know... Read more
Update #11 - Post-Kickstarter
Hi everyone, I just wanted to get in touch and say I haven't fled the country with the Being Frank budget and I'm back online.
When 1am came on the... Read more
Update #10 - Fantastic funding!!!
Thank you so much to everyone who has believed in this project.
Your efforts over the past month have been staggering. You've pounded the pavements, emailed everyone, rung people up,... Read more
Update #9 - Stretch Goal 1 reached! Free stuff for every backer...
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story has now reached over £40,000 in pledges!!! We've hit the first of the Stretch Goals with time to spare! Thank you all so much!... Read more
Update #8 - 57 hours to go!!! Another new trailer...
Hi, we've only got 57 hours to go on Kickstarter, and we've just reached £34,000! Thank you everyone who has pledged for this unbelievable and fantastic support.
It's still looking... Read more
Update #7 - NEW REWARDS & A NEW TRAILER!!!
Hi, with the Kickstarter campaign for Being Frank coming to an end next Thursday (30th May) I just wanted to let you know about some really exciting things happening with... Read more
Update #6 - double thingies for every pledge of £50 upwards
To show you just how much we appreciate the amazing generosity we’ve received over the past month for this project, we’d like to return the generosity.
Martin Sievey has decided... Read more
UPDATE #4 Stretch goal 1 - Frank's fantastic telly and BONUS REWARDS
Hi all, as you'll read on the project's main Kickstarter page, I've launched an official Kickstarter Stretch Goal, to try and help us get to £40,000. This additional funding will... Read more
Podcast special about the making of Being Frank
Here's a special Being Frank edition of Iain Lee's Pocket Radio podcast, featuring a discussion between Iain and Steve Sullivan about the documentary. It includes some incredibly rare Frank Sidebottom... Read more
Stage 1 funded - dance like a horse!
Hi, I want to share the incredible news that we've just hit the magical figure of £20,000 for Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story!
This completes the funding for Stage... Read more
One week on Kickstarter and what a start!
Blimey! Being Frank has only been on Kickstarter for one week today and already you've helped raise over £18,000 in funding!
This is really exciting and somewhat humbling. A massive... Read more