After the quietly explosive drama What Richard Did, Abrahamson has landed in the brash world of comedy with Frank – an indie delirium of avant-garde rock, where stage persona Frank Sidebottom and his troupe of creative misfits attempt to record an album in a remote Irish cottage. Gleeson shines as the deluded hero with musical ambition if little talent. But armed with a funny and deliciously unpredictable script, it’s Fassbender who steals the show, even hidden beneath a papier-mâché head.
Frank | Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (UK, Ireland 2014) with Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Starts August 27
Originally published in issue #140, July/August 2015.