Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Hated by the beautiful people and loved by the masses, the magazine FRANK is one of Canada's most notorious and popular tabloids. Former BBC cameraman Rick Caine directs this fly-on-the-wall style documentary about this controversial rag and particularly about its publisher Michael Bate, a happy family man who was raised in an ultra-strict household. Is Bate a racist and a monster as his critics accuse or is he a muckraking media watchdog willing to take on politicians and celebrities? Caine shows Bate wrestling with ethical issues on a daily basis, both as he puts together the latest edition of his magazine. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.