The other day I sat down to watch a documentary called Good Ol’ Freda by director Ryan White. Shane had read about it and decided to to get it for me to watch because the story sounded interesting.
It’s more than interesting, it’s a beautiful film about a young girl named Freda Kelly, who at the age of 17 was hired to be the Beatles’ fan-club secretary, a job that was eventually coveted by pretty much every living, breathing girl on the planet at the time. A big part of her job was to answer fan letters that came in for the boys, she would always make the utmost effort to do whatever was asked for in the letters, sending girls things from signatures, to clippings of the Beatles hair and even their chewing gum, if she could get it, she would send it, because she knew exactly what it felt like to be a fan. She filled this roll for 11 years of her life, forming strong friendships with all of the Beatles as well as their families. Today she isn’t rich or famous (although I think she’s a little more well known now), she gave away most of her highly collectable Beatles memorabilia that she had collected over the years to fans who asked for it, because she knew they were going to people who would truly cherish them.
What’s so rad about this film is that it takes you on a journey from the very beginning, when the Beatles were playing to small crowds in a dingy, dark hangout called The Cavern, to crowds of hundreds and thousands, but all seen from the perspective of good ol’ Freda (that’s what they used to call her). In the beginning, when they weren’t known she used to go everyday during her lunch breaks to watch them play at The Cavern, just a regular band playing to regular people, she said that sometimes they would even take song requests from the crowd.
This film was awesome to watch because Freda was and still is such an amazing person. She was loyal from the beginning to the end and this is the first time in 50 years that she has decided to tell her story about her time with the infamous Beatles, but what’s more amazing is that she doesn’t dish out any dirt or boast about how close she was to them, she doesn’t divulged any nasty stories or give out any secrets about their personal lives, she remains as loyal today as she was 50 years ago, leaving us with a beautiful account of her time with the biggest and most famous band in the world.
Do yourselves a favour and watch this film, watch it and enjoy one of the coolest documentaries I have seen in a while.
Below are photos of The Beatles playing at The Cavern
Just some cool photos of The Beatles