Good Ol' Freda

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

Opened: 09/06/2013 Limited

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Genre: Biographical Documentary

Rated: PG for some thematic material and smoking.


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 films 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 music industry.

Director's Statement

In a world in which 15 minutes of fame is no longer considered enough and celebrity is valued over morality, Freda Kelly is a rare personality. Despite her years working in the entertainment industry and her unparalleled access to the most talked about band on the planet, Freda remains untarnished.

Freda is a stickler for accuracy and a steel trap for private information. Her loyalty is inspiring, particularly in light of her youth at the time of her work with the Beatles, and the decades that have since passed. Freda was more than the Beatles' secretary; she was their friend. Which of these provided the initial root of her devotion is unclear, but what bloomed remains to this day.

Freda had faith in the Beatles from the beginning, and they had faith in her. She was innately trustworthy as she worked tirelessly in the shadows for years, representing the Fab Four to the people who made them: their fans. Quietly and without intent, Freda became an integral part of the Beatles team, embraced by the members and their families.

Over the last fifty years, Freda has had many offers to tell her story, but this is the first time she has agreed. With the birth of her only grandson, Freda realized the importance of passing on the testimony of her life's work. Because of our shared family history, Freda trusts me to present her narrative in an accurate and faithful way, never betraying her name or the Beatles'. With Freda now "living on borrowed time" as she puts it, I'm grateful that she has decided to recount her stories and allow us to learn more about her journey. Hers is a unique angle on a significant part of music and cultural history, one that will not be told again.

With Good Ol' Freda, I aim to show the importance of humility, the spirit of loyalty, and the remarkable story of a teenager who valued both. This is the story of Freda Kelly, and not only how the Beatles shaped her life but how she influenced theirs. Good Ol' Freda is more than just a Beatles movie; it is the story of a girl plucked from obscurity for one of the most highly coveted jobs in the world, a girl whose values were only strengthened when faced with the flashing lights of showbiz.