Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating…and because he wears a giant fake head. After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band members, and they retreat to a cabin in the woods to record an album. As his influence waxes, creative tensions mount, and the band’s entire raison d’être is called into question.
Already a presence at the Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto film festivals, director Lenny Abrahamson makes his Sundance debut with a captivating offering featuring a phenomenal cast, including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Michael Fassbender as you’ve never seen him before. The ensemble creates lasting images and sounds for a film that playfully examines the nature of art and artists. Frank possesses such creative audacity and thought-provoking observations—propelled by a barrage of wit, performance, and, of course, song—that you are bound to emerge feeling as if you have seen and heard something completely original.
Remember to stick around after the credits roll. The opening night screening of Frank is presented in association with Time Out, whose Film Editor Dave Calhoun will host the filmmaker Q&A.
Dates and times
- 25 April : 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
- 27 April : 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Screenwriter: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy
Loved the film?
Check out Jon Ronson’s book: Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie
In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong.
Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band.
About the Director
Born in Ireland, Lenny Abrahamson’s first two films were Garage, which received the CICAE Art Cinema prize in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and Adam & Paul, which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005. What Richard Did, his third feature, won multiple awards in Ireland, best screenplay at the London Evening Standard awards, and best film at the Istanbul Film Festival. Abrahamson’s next project is the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s hit novel Room.