Actor dons oversized papier-mache head for film based on life of Frank Sidebottom
The first trailer for Frank, the film inspired by the musician Frank Sidebottom, has been revealed – click below to watch.
The film, which stars Michael Fassbender in the leading role, is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and is loosely based on the life and experiences of the musician Chris Sievey – aka Frank Sidebottom – who became well-known for wearing an oversized papier-mache head whenever he performed live.
Abrahamson’s picture, which also includes The Dark Knight actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domnhall Gleeson among its cast members, draws upon the experiences of journalist Jon Ronson for its plot. Ronson had a brief stint playing keyboards in Sidebottom’s band in the late ’80s.
Musician and comedian Sievey specialised in surreal humour influenced by the northern cabaret circuit, and he would often perform songs on an organ. Although family-friendly, his jokes and his songs earned him cult status.
The Sidebottom act achieved its height in the ’80s, becoming closely associated with the Madchester scene, as he frequently appeared on television with the late Tony Wilson. Sievey was diagnosed with cancer in May 2010 and died a month later, aged 54.
Frank is set to open in UK cinemas on May 2, 2014.