What was Beatlemania like from the inside? Documentary tells the story
Good Ol' Freda starts Friday at the Admiral Theater
From 1961 to 1972 Freda Kelly had a job that millions of girls dreamt about. She was the personal secretary for the Beatles. From the days before they became the biggest band in the world to their acrimonious break up she was on the inside and knew them literally better than anyone.
Good Ol' Freda, which starts Friday at the Admiral Theater is one of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles. It features original Beatles music and offers an insider perspective on their lives during a time that changed the world. It is 1 hour 26 min Rated PG and plays at 6:50 p.m. and 8:50 p.m.
The Admiral is located at 2343 California Ave SW, West Seattle.
The Director Ryan White explained the importance of the film:
"In a world in which 15 minutes of fame is no longer considered enough and celebrity is valued over morality, Freda Kelly is a rare personality. Despite her years working in the entertainment industry and her unparalleled access to the most talked about band on the planet, Freda remains untarnished.
Freda is a stickler for accuracy and a steel trap for private information. Her loyalty is inspiring, particularly in light of her youth at the time of her work with the Beatles, and the decades that have since passed. Freda was more than the Beatles’ secretary; she was their friend. Which of these provided the initial root of her devotion is unclear, but what bloomed remains to this day.
Freda had faith in the Beatles from the beginning, and they had faith in her. She was innately trustworthy as she worked tirelessly in the shadows for years, representing the Fab Four to the people who made them: their fans.
Quietly and without intent, Freda became an integral part of the Beatles team, embraced by the members and their families.
Over the last fifty years, Freda has had many offers to tell her story, but this is the first time she has agreed.
With the birth of her only grandson, Freda realized the importance of passing on the testimony of her life’s work. Because of our shared family history, Freda trusts me to present her narrative in an accurate and faithful way, never betraying her name or the Beatles’. With Freda now “living on borrowed time” as she puts it, I’m grateful that she has decided to recount her stories and allow us to learn more about her journey.
Hers is a unique angle on a significant part of music and cultural history, one that will not be told again.
Here are some quotes from reviews of the film:
“Delightful doc gets as much mileage from its subject's cheer as from Beatles lore.”
- The Hollywood Reporter
“An engrossing, entertaining, and informative documentary perfect for the casual or devoted Beatles fan.”
- Film School Rejects
“Oscar-worthy new doc. Kelly is a complete charmer. Prepare to fall in love with her.”
- Atlanta Magazine
“Incredibly fun and charming.”
- Austin Chronicle
"A slyly humorous and insightful portrait…of a participant in one of popular culture’s most pivotal moments."
- Filmmaker Magazine