Posted in movies | music on January 10, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson in 'Frank'

There aren't a lot of actors out there where I'll go to see a film just because they're in it but Michael Fassbender is one of them. From more commercial projects like X-Men: First Class and Prometheus to his work with director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame), he always gives interesting performances, even in films that aren't very good (Jonah Hex). Fassbender is currently filming Frank, what could be the strangest film of his career, playing late UK cult icon Frank Sidebottom (!).

As you may know, Frank Sidebottom alter ego Chris Sievey (who was also in Manchester punk band The Freshies) died suddenly in 2010 after a short battle with cancer. Sidebottom's music, usually covers of popular (and indie) songs rewritten to be about Frank's life in Manchester suburb of Timperley, often with help from a puppet version of himself called Little Frank. All while wearing a giant paper mache head. Frank played NYC often in the last ten years of his career and seeing him confuse day drinkers at the 119 Bar back in 2008 is one of my fondest show memories of the last five years.

The film Frank, is only loosely based on his life. The IMDB synopsis:

A comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender).
The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and, yes, that's a still from the movie above. As it's still filming, Frank probably won't see release till late 2013 if we're lucky. Till then, a few Frank Sidebottom videos are below.


frank sidebottom's "magical timperley tour"

Frank Sidebottom's Supergroup - Hit The North

Frank Sidebottom - Queen Medley



Comments (11)

One of my disappointments is never seeing Frank live.. Missed him by moments at the

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2013 6:14 PM

mercury Lounge...

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2013 6:15 PM

I got to know Frank through Dennis and Lois, great guy, he went too quick. Pretty excited to see this movie.

Posted by tripplec | January 10, 2013 6:52 PM

Somefans only come along after youve already fuckin died..

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2013 8:06 PM

Doesn't look like they got the head quite right

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 1:03 AM

is that the dude with the huge schlong?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 10:13 AM

yeah the eyes and lips are too small... how could they mess that up?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 10:18 AM

This is the ultimate Bill post.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 11:18 AM

his medley of Manchester songs was the greatest

I saw Frank live in 1991 and then again in 2006 and do you know what? he never seemed to age

Posted by Gordo | February 3, 2013 11:35 AM

I love the big head.

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 30, 2013 9:00 PM

Unique in his humour. I loved him and I am very sad that he has gone. Bye Frank. xxx

Posted by Brannan | September 11, 2014 1:06 PM

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