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Good Ol' Freda

An Official Selection at the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Good Ol’ Freda is a unique and personal portrait of one modest woman at the heart of an international phenomenon.

The newspapers of the 1960s called her the “luckiest girl in the world.” As a Liverpool teenager working in a typing pool, Freda Kelly was plucked from her desk and taken to local music club The Cavern, where an upand- coming hometown group, The Beatles, were playing. From that fateful trip down the road, Freda fell into a job as personal secretary and fan-club manager for the biggest rock band in history.

Though Freda was a trusted member of The Beatles’ inner circle for a decade, this documentary by director Ryan White marks the first time she has ever gone on record to speak about her integral role in Beatlemania. Still working as a secretary today, she opens up for the first time in fifty years to paint a vivid portrait of the Fab Four she came to know so well.

White gives Freda a well-deserved moment in the spotlight and reveals a dedicated, humble and charming woman who was loved and respected by John, Paul, George and Ringo.


"White's film is a love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool." - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

"[Gives] insight into a rare, innocent time in rock history when a scrap of pillowcase that cradled a mop-top singer or an autographed photo were all fans needed to feel close to their idols." - Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Director: Ryan White
Year: 2013
Runtime: 86 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Kinosmith

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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