Photos by G.
On September 5, 2013 at the Apple Store (the computer manufacturer, not the Beatles company) in New York, Freda Kelly and director Ryan White discussed their documentary film “Good Ol’ Freda.” Freda Kelly had one of the best jobs ever imaginable – working as The Beatles’ secretary from the Pete Best days to a year after their breakup. She was in charge of everything from answering fan mail to guarding all the secrets of the Fab Four. The film seems to be less of a rehash of what we already know and instead, a document of The Beatles from the perspective of a “Fifth Beatle,” if you will. You will fall in love with Freda Kelly as she is grateful for her privileged position and between her stories and previously unseen photos with The Beatles, there is definitely new material for those who think they’ve seen and heard it all.
Director Ryan White talked about getting the coveted Beatles tracks included in the film, which required numerous approvals from Beatle members, widows, lawyers and ultimately because Freda was so loyal in her tenure with the group, rights to use the songs were granted. “Good Ol’ Freda” is being released in selected theaters this weekend and will also be available on iTunes imminently.
I met Freda at the discussion and she was very lovely. Lovely Freda. Get it! Ha! Seriously, I fell in love with her listening to her speak, so if you are a Beatles fan, “Good Ol’ Freda” is a must see! Thanks again Freda!