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The Beatles’ secretary to appear at film screenings

The Beatles’ secretary to appear at film screenings

February 14
09:28 2017

For more than a decade she worked with The Beatles, their manager and their families. Now Freda Kelly is coming to Southern Utah for two screenings of the documentary “Good Ol’ Freda.”“I didn’t think it would get the reaction it got,” Kelly says of the documentary during a telephone interview with The Spectrum & Daily News.“Good Ol’ Freda” premiered in 2013 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film’s producer, Kathy McCabe, says the surviving Beatles gave their blessing to the film, which also resulted in the licensing of four Beatles songs for the documentary.McCabe says this was a testament to the high regard they held for Kelly. It also gave the film legitimacy in the eyes of Beatles fans.“That put this film into the stratosphere,” McCabe says. “Overnight the Associated Press picked up that story and we went viral.”Freda Kelly poses with Paul McCartney at the CavernFreda Kelly poses with Paul McCartney at the Cavern Club, where the band got its start in Liverpool. (Photo: Submitted by Freda Kelly)After its premiere, Magnolia Pictures purchased “Good Ol’ Freda,” adding further legitimacy and reach. The film is still being shown on Netflix and appearing at film events around the country, like the local screenings sponsored by DOCUTAH.“It’s very unusual for a documentary to go this long,” McCabe says. “We’re kind of blown away that it’s still going. I think it has something to do with the subject

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