Good Ol' Freda, the new documentary focusing on longtime Beatles secretary Freda Kelly, will get its premiere on March 9 at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. The movie features the previously untold story of a woman who for 11 years had a rare insider's viewpoint of the legendary band. In addition, director Ryan White was able to secure the rights to use four Beatles songs in the flick, something most filmmakers would have had to spend an exorbitant amount of cash to make happen.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, White suggests that he got a very good deal from the surviving band members, which he attributes to their lasting affection for Kelly. "Clearly the living Beatles have a lot of respect for her," he says. Among the tunes heard in the film are "Love Me Do" and "I Saw Her Standing There."
For decades, Kelly kept mum about her years working for the Fab Four, but White explains that she finally decided to share her story for her two-year-old grandson's sake. "She sees it as a sort of home movie," he notes.
In addition to its debut screening at Austin's Vimeo Theater, Good 'Ol Freda will be shown twice more during the SXSW fest -- on March 12 at the Topfer Theatre and on March 16 at the Stateside Theatre.
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