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(2013) dir Ryan White w/Freda Kelly, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr [86 min; DCP]
Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpool teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. What followed is one of the great unsung stories of rock and roll. For all 10 years that the Beatles were together, unassuming, sweet-natured Freda served as their invisible backbone.
Acting first as their fan club president and then as their all-around secretary, she was privy to every single Beatle bit and – even more than various managers and producers – provided the support that the Fab Four needed to become the most famous rock band in history. Now, in his entertaining documentary, filmmaker Ryan White finally reveals Freda’s impact and history with the band. As their devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history.
In GOOD OL’ FREDA, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few films with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an unprecedented insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the music industry.
“A slyly humorous and insightful portrait…of a participant in one of popular culture’s most pivotal moments.” – Filmmaker Magazine
★★★☆ “Vivacious and fun!” —Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe
“Pure joy for Beatles fans!” —John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“A love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool.” Review by Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times