Good Ol' Freda

good ol freda1Director: Ryan White

Writers: Ryan White, Jessica Lawson

Genre: Documentary

Behind a Great Band, there was a Great Woman

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

"Fantastically entertaining...a rollicking good time." - Cinema Blend

"Incredibly fun and charming." - Austin Chronicle


  • Freda Kelly (Herself - also archive footage)
  • John Lennon (Himself - archive footage)
  • Paul McCartney (Himself - archive footage)
  • Ringo Starr (Himself - also archive footage)
  • George Harrison (Himself - archive footage)
  • Angie McCartney (Herself)
  • Billy Kinsley (Himself)
  • Tony Barrow (Himself)
  • Pete Best (Himself - archive footage)
  • Billy Hatton (Himself)
  • Rachel Norris (Herself, Freda Kelly's daughter)
  • Elsie Starkey (Herself, Ringo Starr's mother - archive footage)
  • Joey Bower (Himself)
  • Linda McCartney (Herself - archive footage)
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Country: UK/USA Language: English Year: 2013
  • Awards and Nominations
  • Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2014
  • Won Cinema Eye Honors Award „The Unforgettables“ - Freda Kelly
  • Cleveland International Film Festival 2013
  • Won Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award Best Film
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2014
  • Nominated Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing Documentary
  • SXSW Film Festival 2013
  • Nominated Audience Award Documentary Spotlight
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