' Frank '

  • May 15, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Phoenix Picturehouse

This film has been given many favourable reviews and should be worth seeing for it's unusual subject! Surreal clashes with mainstream in the music world. 

 " The history of rock ’n’ roll is strewn with eccentrics, none more so than Chris Sievey, whose alter ego, Frank Sidebottom, wore a giant papier-mâché head and sang songs about football in a nasal voice.

For Sievey, Frank wasn’t just a stage persona but a gateway to whole new dimension. By abandoning all sense of the normal, this film – co-written by former Sidebottom bandmate Jon Ronson – takes us inside the head-within-a-head to explore the twilight world between brilliance and madness.

Fassbender gives a superbly judged performance as the enigmatic but adorable Frank, an electric presence that twitches and lurches, issuing strange stream-of-consciousness lyrics – living not so much in his own little world as in a much bigger one, searching for perfection and finding beauty in the furthest corners. It’s an offbeat, touching story about a different kind of genius. "

Meet in The Pheonix bar from 6.00 and a social afterwards.

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  • Katrina M.

    Suggestions for good rock and roll/music films: 'Inside Llewyn Davies', 'Spinal Tap', 'The Commitments', 'Killing Bono', 'Walk the Line', 'Blues Brothers', 'Telstar'. Being an 80s girl I quite liked the soundtrack to 'The History Boys' too though I guess that doesn't count.

    1 · May 16

    • Chris B.

      That looks great! (Beautiful Noise) Look forward to it playing here. Which reminds me of the film about Oxford's own music scene produced by local filmmaker Jon Spira and narrated by Stewart Lee, Anyone Can Play Guitar: https://www.youtube.co...­

      May 18

    • Chris B.

      And one of my favourite rock docs, "1991 - The Year Punk Broke" featuring Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr and many others: https://www.youtube.co...­

      May 18

  • Mark B

    Extraordinary film that captured the wierd world of a creative musician in a mixture of bleakness and dark humour. The relentless and unsatisfying search made by some 'disturbed' individuals to find new expression. A potential cult film. Great discussion and banter in the Jericho after!

    3 · May 16

  • Katrina M.

    Thanks again for organising, Mark. Unusual and quite endearing film! And the discussion on 'the best rock and roll film' in the pub afterwards was fun.

    2 · May 16

  • Paul

    A good film and a really nice discussion afterwards. I am still up for starting a Baader-Meinhof Meetup group if any comrades are interested.

    1 · May 16

  • Peter L.

    enjoyed the film more than expected s npo complaints

    May 15

  • Mark B

    Hi everyone. Just to say I've noted Free Wine & Cheese in the Phoenix bar from 5.30 so maybe a bit of a crush!! So look out for me there or in foyer. Late/no shows[masked]

    May 15

    • Mark B

      Paul, I should have said samples!!

      May 15

    • Paul

      Agh. I lived the dream.

      1 · May 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, last minute work commitment means I won't make it in time.. Hopefully see you all soon. Enjoy the film!

    May 15

  • Julia

    Might be a push to get there in time after work, but I'll give it a go!

    May 8

  • Peter L.

    not sure about this but will give it a try especially if I can get some leffe after

    May 8

    • Mark B

      Life is all about risk! Feel much the same but I think this is worth a go. See you there.

      1 · May 8

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