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This morning.

On RTE’s Morning Ireland.

It had an item on older people losing their homes because they cannot afford to pay their rent.

Charity Alone has said the number of people, aged over 60 and on the social housing list, seeking help from Alone has grown nationally by 11.4% each year between 2013 and 2016.

In Dublin, it went up by 18% in 2015 and in 2016.

Journalist Cian McCormack spoke to a 71-year-old man called Frank who is likely to be homeless next week as the landlord of the house he has been renting for seven years wants him to leave.

Frank has been paying rent of €1,250 a month.

He gets a pension of €150 a week and does odd jobs to make up the difference to make his rent, his bills and to eat.

Frank told Mr McCormack:

“I’m running to stand still. I’m out there and like there’s some weeks, I don’t have work and sometimes the weather is against me.

“But, I mean look, for the last 10 years or so, 12 years, I’ve been lucky. There’s other people there worse than I am.

“At least I can get out of bed in the morning. But what I fear is the day I can’t get out, that I can’t make money…to pay.”

He added:

“I’ve been approved for HAP [Housing Assistance Payment] so HAP, I mean I’ve gone to a few places and looked in and the landlords just look at me and say, like, hang on, they don’t ask me personal questions because they just look at me, my age, and say, ‘what’s wrong?’, to themselves.

“There’s no feedback from them…they have my number. I just don’t get a phone call from them.”

I have been looking around…seeing if I can get somewhere for maybe €600. They’re just laughing at me.”


Also this morning, in the Dail…

‘How could any landlord put a 71-year-old man out on the street’ (The Irish Times)



The Fass will be appearing on The Graham Norton Show to discuss Frank and the latest X-Men.

He can hold a note too as evidenced by the soundtrack.

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Meanwhile, on RTÉ One at 9:35pm..





Two three decent lineups to be fair.



Tomorrow is Frank (2014) day.

Where YOU could win one of five €100 cash prizes by finding Frank (above) in central Dublin.

Starting from 7:30am those who get their picture taken with Frank and tweet the image using the hashtag #FindFrank will be entered into a CASH draw.

Throughout the morning @Frankthefilm will be posting hints of where you may find Frank and winners will be announced at 1pm.

Meanwhile at Twitter Dublin tomorrow, ‘Frank’ director Lenny Abrahamson and star of ‘Frank’ Domhnall Gleeson will be taking your questions in a live twitter Q&A from 11:30 am.

Tweet your questions using #AskTeamFrank

‘Frank’ goes on general release on Friday May 9.

Previously: Frank on Broadsheet

Thanks Maria and Gale

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My God they‘re beautiful.

The Gleeson [D] and The Fassbender at this evening’s European premiere of Frank in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin.

It’s all about the hair, in fairness.

Pix: Lars



There’s always one.

Thanks Mary Faherty

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Michael Fassbender with fan Dolly Osimore (top) and Domhnall Gleeson with fan Vicky Bailez.

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)


Frank Sidebottom related mischief ahead of tonight’s European premiere of Frank (2014) at the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin

Michael Fassbender will join director Lenny Abrahamson and co-star Domhnall Gleeson at the
the screening.

Light House Cinema (Facebook)

Previously: Broadsheet Trailer Park: Frank

Thanks Gavin Feiritear



What you may need to know:

1. Frank is the fourth film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, after Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007) and What Richard Did (2012).

2. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom (Michael Fassbender), the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey.

3. One of Variety’s most anticipated films of SXSW.

4. Michael Fassbender in a papier–mache head, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson. What’s not to like?

5. In cinemas on May 9th.


Previously: Frank’s A Million

Totally Frank

Howya Head

Broadsheet Trailer Park’s ‘Delboy’ is on holiday.


[Top: the audience at the premiere of Frank at Sundance and , above, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lenny Abrahamson and Scoot McNairy meet the press]

‘Frank’, the much-anticipated film from Lenny Abrahamson had its premiere at Sundance on Friday night.

How did that go?

“A faceless Michael Fassbender stars in this weird and wonderful musical comedy from director Lenny Abrahamson.” “…amid so much arch weirdness, “Frank” proves remarkably accessible. Behind its inscrutable exterior beams a welcoming smile.” – Variety

“Pleasingly and perhaps surprisingly, given the extremities of the material, the cast plays crazy with cool, measured aplomb.” “Even those unmoved by the film’s admittedly oblique emotional subtext, meanwhile, should appreciate it as a virtuoso showcase for Fassbender, exuding eerie frontman magnetism even with his face invisible for the bulk of the film.” – Hitfix

“The bizarrely brilliant “Frank” demonstrates that quirkiness need not be a four-letter word in the language of movies. It certainly won’t be for everyone, but this terrific and sublime experience, and strikingly original film, is mandatory watching for the adventurous viewer.” – Indiewire

“Frank”s biggest achievement is how it effortlessly slides from silliness to sympathy. Come for Fassbender wearing a goofy head and all of the extremely funny jokes, stay for the profound reflection on art, commerce, madness and companionship. This is, I feel, a very meaningful film, but it also has a good beat. 9/10” – Screencrush

“Indeed, the movie’s weightiest issue is the final tonal shift into more directly messaged, darkly dramatic waters. Thankfully, even if the shift immediately jars, Frank’s cast – both with and without giant head – rise to the challenge. Guaranteed to polarise, Frank is destined to go down in curio history.” – TotalFilm

Pic: Film4Insider

Previously: Howya Head

Totally Frank


Making its premiere this week at Sundance is ‘Frank’, Lenny Abrahamson’s tale of eccentric entertainer Frank Sidebottom. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the film follows Jon (Gleeson) who joins a band, and heads with them to a cabin in the woods to record an album. And leading them all is the mysterious and talented Frank (Fassbender), joined by his sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal).

Release date: May 2nd Ireland & UK

First clip from Frank with Michael Fassbender (The Movie Bit)

Thanks Victor

Frank Sidebottom: the true story of the man behind the mask (Jon Ronson, The Guardian)

Previously: Howya Head


(L-R) Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson

Lenny Abrahamson’s  Fassbender/Gleeson headlining ‘Frank’ will premiere at the Sundance Festival next month.

Frank is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson about a wannabe musician (Gleeson) who joins an avant-garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank Sidebottom (Fassbender) — a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.

Any excuse really.

Fassbender and Poehler Make the Sundance Premieres Cut (Brooks Barnes, New York Times)

Previously: Meanwhile In Mexico