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article imageGood Ol' Freda, the inside story of The Beatles revealed

By Tim Sandle     Mar 12, 2013 in Entertainment
Freda Kelly, who was the secretary to The Beatles, is the centerpiece of a new documentary film. In the movie she reveals life in the inner sanctum of the band.
Ms Kelly’s book is titled ‘Good Ol' Freda’ and it charts how a young, seventeen year old woman from Liverpool became secretary to a small band from Liverpool and what happened as they transformed into the biggest band in the world. Now, Billboard reports, her life and adventures have been captured in a documentary. The film, made for $50,000 with the finance raised through Kickstarter.
The movie debuted at the SXSW Film Festival (which is held annually in Austin, Texas, U.S.). The movie was directed by Ryan White and the title is the affectionate term by which the band members referred to Freda (in the Beatles’ 1963 Christmas recording, notes, George Harrison can be heard their secretary in Liverpool, and they all yell, “Good Ol’ Freda!”).
Frieda Kelly managed the band's day-to-day affairs and ran their fan club. In the film, which is a mix of interviews and archive material, Kelly shares her memories of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr and the pop music scene of the 1970s.
Of the surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr agreed to be featured and the band members, together with the estates of Lennon and Harrison, agreed, in what is a rare exception, for Beatles music to be used in the feature, as the Hollywood Reporter notes.
Director Ryan White discusses Freda’s motivations for making the movie in an interview with Buzz Feed:
“Freda's reasons for doing the film are 100% genuine. I truly believe that she's making the film for one person: her grandson. She jokes that she's living on borrowed time. She thinks that she could pass away at any moment, and this kid will never know. She's never called it a movie or a film. She calls it "a little DVD." She pictures giving a DVD to her grandson, so one day he can watch it and understand. I think she clearly has an appreciation for Beatles fans and is happy to share the story with them. But I think when it comes down to it, it's for him. So I felt a responsible to make something really cool about his grandma that was honest and true. That's my main hope, that he gets to see it one day and say, "Wow. My grandma was really badass."
The documentary has yet to go on general release.
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