Freda Kelly - Secretary for the Beatles.

The Film

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.

In Good Ol' Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.


Upcoming Screenings

Good Ol' Freda premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX and is now playing in theaters and festivals around the world - check back often for updates!

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Filmfest Braunschweig

November 8, 2016
Braunschweig, Germany

Past Screenings

World Premiere: SXSW Film Festival: Austin, TX
Atlanta Film Festival: Atlanta, GA
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Durham, NC
Dallas International Film Festival: Dallas, TX
Sarasota Film Festival: Sarasota, FL
Cleveland International Film Festival: Cleveland, OH
XPN Music Film Festival: Philadelphia, PA
Nashville Film Festival: Nashville, TN
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival: Toronto, ON
Independent Film Festival Boston: Boston, MA
San Francisco International Film Festival: San Francisco, CA
Docaviv International Film Festival: Tel Aviv, Israel
Maryland Film Festival: Baltimore, MD
DOXA Documentary Film Festival: Vancouver, BC
Berkshire International Film Festival: Great Barrington, MA
SouthSide Film Festival: Bethlehem, PA
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: Manchester, TN
Film + Music Festival: Martha's Vineyard, MA
Nantucket Film Festival: Nantucket, MA
Fest for Beatles Fans: Chicago, IL
Arts & Crafts Festival: Kansas City, MO
Sidewalk FIlm Festival: Birmingham, AL
Fest for Beatles Fans: Chicago, IL
Sounds of Summer: Pleasantville, NY
Don't Knock the Rock: Los Angeles, CA
Museum of the Moving Image: New York, NY
DocuWest Film Festival: Golden, CO
Sound Unseen: Minneapolis, MN
Atlantic Film Festival: Halifax, NS
Bermuda Docs: Bermuda
Charles Theatre: Baltimore, MD
Sunshine Cinema: New York, NY
Laemmle Playhouse: Pasadena, CA
Cinemas Palme d'Or: Palm Desert, CA
Roxie Theater: San Francisco, CA
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival: Newburyport, MA
Port Townsend Film Festival: Port Townsend, WA
Film Festival of Columbus: Columbus, OH
Laemmle Monica: Santa Monica, CA
Detroit Film Theatre: Detroit, MI
Laemmle Claremont 5: Claremont, CA
Sundance Cinemas Sunset: Los Angeles, CA
Cinema Village: New York, NY
West End Cinema: Washington, DC
Music Box: Chicago, IL
Sebastiani Theatre: Sonoma, CA
Kamloops Film Society: Kamloops, BC
Calgary International Film Festival: Calgary, AB
Festival do Rio: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pop Montreal: Montreal, QC
Roxy Theater: Missoula, MT
Carey Digital Dome: Hutchinson, KS
Tampa Theatre: Tampa, FL
Shuswap Film Society: Salmon Arm, BC
St. Anthony Main Theatre: Minneapolis, MN
Smith Rafael Film Center: San Rafael, CA
Cable Car Cinema: Providence, RI
Sundance Cinemas: Seattle, WA
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: Toronto, ON
Sundance Cinemas: Houston, TX
Valley Art 1 Theatre: Tempe, AZ
Fargo Theatre: Fargo, ND
Carey Digital Dome: Hutchinson, KS
Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque: Winnipeg, MB
Edmonton International Film Festival: Edmonton, AB
Cape Ann Community Cinema: Gloucester, MA
O Cinema Miami Shores: Miami, FL
Brattle Theatre: Cambridge, MA
Time and Space Limited: Hudson, NY
Tivoli at Manor Square: Kansas City, MO
Magic Lantern Carlton: Toronto, ON
Empire Theatre: Belleville, ON
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival: Hot Springs, AR
The Showroom Cinema: Asbury Park, NJ
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts: Grand Rapids, MI
Del Mar Theatre: Santa Cruz, CA
Normal Theater: Normal, IL
Pickford Film Center: Bellingham, WA
Michigan Theater: Ann Arbor, MI
Acadania Center for the Arts: LaFayette, LA
Film Bar: Phoenix, AZ
Market Street Cinema: Little Rock, AR
Kingsway Theatre: Toronto, ON
New Orleans Film Festival: New Orleans, LA
Magic Lantern Princess Theatre: Edmonton, AB
Strand Theatre: Rockland, ME
The Loft Cinema: Tucson, AZ
Black Bear Film Festival: Milford, PA
BFI London Film Festival: London, England
Barrie Film Festival: Barrie, ON
Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center: Patchogue, NY
Carbon Arc Independent Cinema: Halifax, NS
EBS International Documentary Festival: Seoul, South Korea
Bookshelf Cinema: Guelph, ON
The Roxy Theatre: Saskatoon, SK
Cinema du Parc: Montreal, QC
Real Art Ways Cinema: Hartford, CT
Gold Town Nickelodeon: Juneau, AK
Kiggins Theatre: Vancouver, WA
Ryder Cinema: Bloomington, IN
Living Room 6: Portland, OR
Cedar Lee Theatre: Cleveland, OH
Carolina Asheville 14: Asheville, NC
Soho House: Miami, New York, Los Angeles
The Loft Cinema: Tucson, AZ
Crescent Theater: Mobile, AL
Vic Theatre: Victoria, BC
Williamstown Film Festival: Williamstown, MA
Indie Memphis Film Festival: Memphis, TN
Windsor International Film Festival: Windsor, ON
Viennale: Vienna, Austria
Living Room Theatre: Boca Raton, FL
Rainbow Cinema Golden Mile: Regina, SK
Hyland Cinema: London, ON
SNOB Film Festival: Concord, NH
Brisbane Cultural Arts Center: Kangaroo Point, Australia
Tallahassee Film Society/All Saints Cinema: Tallahassee, FL
Palace Theatre: Danbury, CT
Fairhope Film Festival: Fairhope, AL
Brandon Film Festival: Brandon, MB
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival: Rehoboth Beach, DE
Kiggins Theatre: Vancouver, WA
Lawrence University: Appleton, WI
CPH:DOX: Copenhagen, Denmark
Napa Valley Film Festival: Napa, CA
Rockumentary Film Series: Springfield, IL
Indies + Docs Cinema: Davidson, NC
Ventura Film Society: Ventura, CA
Orpheum Theatre: Fairfield, IA
The Screening Room: Kingston, ON
Gorge Cinema: Elora, ON
Darkside Cinema: Corvallis, OR
Bear Tooth Theatre: Anchorage, AK
Tin Pan Theatre: Bend, OR
Enzian Theater: Maitland, FL
Salem Cinema: Salem, OR
The Theater Royal: Castlemaine, Australia
Olympia Film Society / Capitol Theater: Olympia, WA
Palm Theatre: San Luis Obispo, CA
Sandy Springs 8: Atlanta, GA
Rainbow Cinemas Downtown: Sudbury, ON
Haifa Cinematheque: Haifa, Israel
In-Edit Music Documentary Film Festival: Santiago, Chile
Far Out East Cinema: Moncton, NB
In-Edit screening series: Barcelona, Spain
Helemaal Melkweg: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Roxy Cinema: Mirimar, Wellington, New Zealand
The Globe Theatrette: Napier, New Zealand
Ruby's Cinema and Bar: Wanaka, New Zealand
Lighthouse Cinema: Petone, New Zealand
Plaza Theatre: Atlanta, GA
Princess Cinemas: Waterloo, ON
Dragonfly Cinema: Port Orchard, WA
Suter Gallery Theatre: Nelson, New Zealand
Art Theatre: Long Beach, CA
Vancity Theatre: Vancouver, BC
Monterey Cinema: Howick, NZ
Bay City Cinema: Tauranga, NZ
Cinema Gold: Havelock, NZ
Boedecker Theatre at the Dairy Center for the Arts: Boulder, CO
Dock of the Bay Music Film Festival: San Sebastian, Spain
Kadokawa: Japan
Rialto Cinema: Dunedin, New Zealand
Bridgeway Cinema: Auckland, New Zealand
Metro Cinema: Dunedin, New Zealand
Arena Theater: Point Arena, CA
Films That Rock: Fairfield, CT
Circle Cinema: Tulsa, OK
Rialto Cinema: New Market, NZ
Goshen Art House: Goshen, IN
Admiral Twin: Seattle, WA
Out to Lunch Festival: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Starlight Cinema: Taupo, NZ
Rotown: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Shaw Festival Theatre: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The Fest for Beatles Fans: New York, NY
Reel Rockumentary Series: San Pedro, CA
14 Pews: Houston, TX
Mostly British Film Festival: San Francisco, CA
Wheeler Opera House: Aspen, CO
Kleine Zaal: The Hague, Netherlands
Kimball Theatre: Williamsburg, VA
Center Street Cinema: Clearfield, UT
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: Thessaloniki, Greece
Pynelogs Cultural Centre: Invermere, BC
Battelle Film Club: Richland, WA
BAFICI: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Midland Cultural Center: Midland, ON
Wilm Film Festival: Wilmington, DE
Abbey Road on the River: Louisville, KY
Mendocino Film Festival: Mendocino, CA
Beat Film Festival: Moscow, Russia
Carroll County Arts Council: Westminster, MD
Starigrad Paklenica Film Festival: Zagreb, Croatia
International Beatleweek: Liverpool, England
Fab 4 for a Cure: Cincinnati, OH
Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries: Latvia
City Winery: Chicago, IL
The Fest for Beatles Fans: Los Angeles, CA
Oxford College of Emory University: Oxford, GA
Auburn University: Auburn, AL
Creative City Collaborative: Pompano Beach, FL
East Tennessee State University: Johnson City, TN
Indie Memphis: Memphis, TN
Presbyterian College: Clinton, SC
Flora-Bama: Pensacola, FL
Gran Festival De Los Beatles: Mexico City, Mexico
Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival: Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands
Beatles Symposium: Cleveland, MS
Strathmore: North Bethesda, MD
Rehoboth Beach Film Society: Rehoboth Beach, DE
Beatles at the Ridge: Walnut Ridge, AR

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What they're saying

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"Delightful doc gets as much mileage from its subject's cheer as from Beatles lore."

- The Hollywood Reporter

"An engrossing, entertaining, and informative documentary perfect for the casual or devoted Beatles fan."

- Film School Rejects

"Oscar-worthy new doc. Kelly is a complete charmer. Prepare to fall in love with her."

- Atlanta Magazine



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"Incredibly fun and charming."

- Austin Chronicle

"A slyly humorous and insightful portrait…of a participant in one of popular culture's most pivotal moments."

- Filmmaker Magazine

"Fantastically entertaining...a rollicking good time. Seek out Good Ol' Freda when it reaches theaters later this year."

- Cinema Blend


The Filmmakers

Ryan White (director/producer) won the Directing Award (US Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival for his most recent documentary The Case Against 8, a behind-the-scenes look inside the high-profile case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage, which aired on HBO. The film was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and nominated for two Emmys.

White is also the producer/director of Pelada, an award-winning documentary about a journey around the world to 25 countries told through the lens of pick-up soccer. The film premiered at SXSW in 2010 and played in over 20 film festivals worldwide. Distributed by PBS International and Cinetic, the film received rave reviews from Variety, the New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. Previously, White had a longstanding collaboration with eight-time Emmy winner Sherry Jones. His screen credits include: Capitol Crimes (Bill Moyers, PBS); Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown (CNN); 9/11: For the Record (Bill Moyers, PBS); and Country Boys (Frontline, PBS). White is a graduate of Duke University's programs in Documentary Studies, Film & Video, and Literature.

Kathy McCabe (producer) is an award-winning photographer and Beatles expert with widespread experience in the music industry. She has worked as a publicist and manager, a music video and album producer, and also a recording studio manager. She was a publicist and marketer for Pelada and initiated and engineered the production of Good Ol' Freda.

Jessica Lawson (producer) is a co-producer of The Case Against 8 and a producer of marketing and distribution for Pelada. In addition to documentary films, she produces editorial photoshoots for some of the top UK & US magazines. She was a longstanding correspondent for DailyCandy, a popular online lifestyle magazine, and has extensive industry experience at major entertainment companies including Live Nation and William Morris.

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