If you want the dish on James Bond, you don’t talk to M. You talk to Moneypenny. If you want the dish on The Beatles, you talk to Freda Kelly — the longtime secretary of the legendary band.
The band met Freda Kelly in Liverpool. She was a teenager and they were a bunch of unknowns just trying to make a name for themselves. As the legend goes, The Beatles were together for 10 years; Kelly was with them for 11. In the documentary Good Ol’ Freda, filmmaker Ryan White not only got Kelly to tell her story, but also managed to get the rare approval to use original Beatles tracks in the film, including “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Will,” “I Feel Fine,” and “Love Me Do.”
Magnolia Pictures announced Monday that it had acquired the North American rights to the documentary film, which had its U.S. premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. “Freda Kelly is a truly remarkable woman, and Good Ol’ Freda is a treasure trove and delight for fans of The Beatles, from casual to die-hard,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in the press release announcing the news. “Ryan White has done us all a great service in telling her story.”
There is no official release date yet for the film or the DVD.