There’s an extraordinary new film out based on the cult character Frank Sidebottom. Here’s my first reaction to it.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 20 May 2014 14:28

    I saw 'Frank' Sunday and whilst the trailer sells this movie as an anarchic knock-about comedy, it was different to what i was expecting, which is always a good thing. And i keeping with the theme of one word responses and in consideration of those who haven't seen it yet, i'll just say this "Crumb"

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by Simon Bromley

    on 7 May 2014 14:51

    Really looking forward to seeing Frank on friday. Having heard what others have said, and knowing the background to the movie - a fictionalised version of Jon Ronson's memories of his experiences with Frank and the Oh Blimey band - and having read his stoey that inspired the film, I can't wait to see it. I think some people have missed the point a little, expecting The Frank Sidebottom Story, which this isn't.
    However, I do know that a comprehensive, fan-funded documentary on Frank Sidebottom a Chris Sievey, 'Being Frank' (www.BeingFrankmovie.com/) will be out later this year. Perhaps they'll find that more satisfying.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Hackenbush

    on 28 Apr 2014 22:12

    Just to let you know the name Domhnall is pronounced 'Donal'

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Sarah Jo

    on 28 Apr 2014 13:54

    So blimey good or blimey bad? Because really in certain contexts that can go either way.

    I'm a bit to young to really care that this isn't a "true" film version of the Frank Sidebottom story. To me this seems to be an amalgamation of real life eccentric musicians to tell its own story about music and the creative process. I am looking forward to it, although I do think it's either going to be off-beat and darkly hilarious or just really off-putting and annoying.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Duncan Stripp

    on 28 Apr 2014 12:06

    As a man of a "certain" age, I really should know who Frank Sidebottom is.....but I don't. I don't ever recall seeing him during my childhood and couldn't tell you what he sounds like. Having seen the trailer I am intrigued by the film (although why have a major star in the lead if he's never seen?) and also assumed Frank Sidebottom was American, (which I now know is wrong). Interestingly your reaction was "blimey" and not "blimey Charlie" so I cant work out if that is a good or a bad thing

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 28 Apr 2014 10:18

    This has me very excited, since it's the first I've heard of it. Whether it's the "real" Frank's story or not, it still looks a good watch, and if it is, I may just forgive you for The Borderlands, Kermie. I mean, let's face it, does Michael Fassbender do crap? I don't think so. Saying that, I would never have guessed it was him under the head, but when you hear the voice, it's unmistakably everyone's favourite Deutsch-Ulster boy. Looking forward to it.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Mike

    on 28 Apr 2014 01:47

    It is terrifying, Mark, how little your physical appearance has changed since that old photo. You do know 1955 is over, right ;)?

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Fisher_King

    on 27 Apr 2014 11:59

    Much obliged, Arch Stanton, just read the book. A wonderful read - maybe I'll give the film a chance...

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Arch Stanton

    on 27 Apr 2014 08:55

    Fisher King@24

    I understand that writer, Jon Ronson, had no intention of recounting the Frank Sidebottom story as a any kind of conventional biopic, that was never his intention. However, those interested in that 'story' need look no further than than his new book, FRANK the story that inspired the movie. It's essentially Ronson's take on the Chris/Frank phenomenon and a humorous account of his time as the keyboard player in Frank's Oh Blimey Big Band. At only 80 pages -yes, 80! it's a one sitting read, but worthwhile one for both the uninitiated and those who can remember only too well the crazed brilliance of Chris/Frank.

    On an unrelated topic, I wound up watching the new US blu ray release of Sorcerer (1977) last night. For those who may be interested but have not yet seen it, I can confirm it's a thing of beauty, a stunning 4K restoration that brings this incredible film back to life. It really is like seeing it again -for the first time! Recommended to anyone interested in classic 70's cinema -they quite literally don't make them like this anymore.

    Again, unrelated… but for any fans of the late, great Ken Russell….

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400700733271?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Brian - New Forest

    on 26 Apr 2014 07:08

    Not sure whether the point of this one was to preview your review of Frank, or name drop Jonathan Richman (and mention, however tenuously, that you shared a stage), both would be valid motivations.

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