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Ireland | 2014 | 95 minutes | Lenny Abrahamson

The real-life inspired story of Frank, a brilliant and difficult musician who revitalizes an avant-garde pop band but won’t take off a giant papier-mâché head. When wannabe rocker Jon Burrows joins the, clashes and hilarity ensue.

May 30, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 31, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Jon Burrows is a young wannabe musician mired in a dreary suburban existence. Just when his rock star dreams seem farthest away, he gets a call to join an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender, delivering the most delightfully oddball performance of his career), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large, papier-mâché head. Soon Jon finds himself recording with the band in Ireland, where he experiences Frank’s unique creative process, such as inventing a new musical scale and insisting that the band forge their own instruments. Tensions rise within the band when Jon encourages Frank to write songs with more commercial appeal while Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the band’s rather intense theremin player, staunchly clings to their esoteric roots. But when Frank secures a spot at the SXSW Music Conference, the gig tests the band’s creative integrity. Based upon his own experiences playing keyboards for the English musician Chris Sievey, aka Frank Sidebottom, screenwriter Jon Ronson has penned an insightfully witty yet eccentric film that examines the mystique that emerges from our fascination with pop music maestros.

Director Biography

Born in Dublin, Lenny Abrahamson left to attend Stanford University for a PhD in Philosophy. Returning back home to Ireland shortly afterward, he began filming commercials and eventually directed his first film Adam and Paul. His next two films, Garage and What Richard Did, were both extremely successful in Ireland, winning him two Irish Film and Television Awards.

Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, Inc., Silver Platters

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Principal Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Carla Azar
Country: Ireland, United Kingdom
Year: 2014
Running Time: 95 minutes
Producer: David Barron, Ed Guiney, Stevie Lee
Screenplay: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Cinematographers: James Mather
Editors: Nathan Nugent
Music: Stephen Rennicks
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: What Richard Did (2012); Garage (2007); Adam & Paul (2004)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
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