If you're a fan of the Beatles you will have seen it. It's everywhere you look. What I'm talking about is the advertising campaign for the independent film Good Ol' Freda. You can't surf the internet without it popping up everywhere. I've resisted writing about it much, but I'm giving in. The reason? I just watched the trailer. It looks really, really good and worth your time.
The film premiered at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas and then toured a plethora of other film festivals, and then it was shown at the recent fest for Beatles fans in Chicago.
Here's the blurb:
Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in the Beatles from the beginning, and the Beatles had faith in her. History notes that the Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band's circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles' 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.
The film has been funded by donations from Beatles fans who wanted to see it.
The film will be on VOD and iTunes starting September 6th, and the DVD will be released in early December.
The film includes the following songs:
Arthur Alexander - Anna
The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
Ketty Lester - Love Letters
The Isley Brothers – Twist and Shout
The Beatles - Love Me Do
Fats Domino - I'm Ready
Buddy Holly - Words of Love
The Drifters - Some Kind of Wonderful
The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
The Beatles - I Feel Fine
The Shirelles – Boys
The Cookies – Chains
Carl Perkins - Honey Don't
Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
The Beatles - I Will
Puzzling though, all upcoming cinema screenings are confined to Northern America and the film is not yet scheduled for any screenings in other countries, not even in England. Not even at the upcoming international Beatle Week in Liverpool, which brings together not only Americans but Beatles fans from all over the civilized world. Why? You should probably ask marketing at Magnolia films.