Michael Fassbender's 'Frank' To Lead Sundance London: Prepare For This Surreal And Hilarious Indie Flick

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Sundance London 2014 will play host to many independent movies, but perhaps none so eagerly anticipated and talked about as Leonard Abrahamson's Frank, inspired by the life of frontman and comic personality, Frank Sidebottom. Frank will get its UK premiere on the festival's opening night on April 25 following its first screening at Sundance in Utah back in January.

Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson Plays A Wannabe Musician Who Joins The World's Weirdest Band.

Michael Fassbender ('12 Years A Slave,' 'Shame') plays the titular masked musician and bandleader who wears a giant papier mache head throughout the film, which follows his band on their trip to playing the South by Southwest festival. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson also star in the film as members of Frank's avant-garde pop band.

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Irish director Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with this weird and wonderful comedy in which Gleeson plays an aspiring musician who finds himself recruited into a group like no other.

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender Takes Centre-Stage In 'Frank' As The Enigmatic Masked Musician.

Written by Jon Ronson ('The Men Who Stare At Goats') and Peter Straughan ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'), the film is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and weaves a fictional tale loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the stage persona of cult musician and comedian Chris Sievey, with influence from other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart, according to the film's website.

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal Plays A Slightly Scary Member Of Frank's Band.

This simple, funny and well-made look at outsider art will fit right in alongside the usual high standards of Sundance entertainment and with a solid cast, quirky premise and funky soundtrack will be sure to charm British audiences when it is release nationwide in May.

Frank will be released on the 2nd May in the UK.

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Frank Movie
After Premiering At Sundance, 'Frank' Will Be Released In The UK In May.


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