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
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
Runtime: 86 minutes
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