Frank (Music and Songs from the Film)Music
'Frank' premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has gone on to critical success at subsequent festivals and on general release. Based on the memoir by filmmaker, author, broadcaster and journalist Jon Ronson, the fictional story is loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician Chris Sievey as well as other outsider musicians like Captain Beefheart and Daniel Johnston. To preserve the film's integrity, the actors, including Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal who perform as screen creation The Soronprfbs were recorded live. This process allowed room for improvisation with the music, composed by Stephen Rennicks, delivering songs that are both joyous and melodic but also offbeat and strange. Mark Kermode's Film Of The Month in July review focused on the music, "Songs which range from the hilarious, 'Frank's Most Likeable Song...Ever' to the heartbreaking, 'I Love You All', already a haunting indie-classic, providing the perfect soundtrack for this unique and bewildering gem".