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Beatles Documentary 'Good ol' Freda' Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 22, 2013 at 2:44PM

Magnolia Pictures has snagged North American distribution rights to Ryan White's "Good ol' Freda," a documentary that tells the unsung story of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' secretary. Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically later this year.
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Freda Kelly in 'Good ol' Freda'
Freda Kelly in 'Good ol' Freda'

Magnolia Pictures has snagged North American distribution rights to Ryan White's "Good ol' Freda," a documentary that tells the unsung story of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' secretary. Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically later this year.

A teenaged typist in Liverpool, Kelly was approached by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and hired as a secretary for what was then an up-and-coming boy band. In "Good ol' Freda," she opens up about working for the Fab Four, and also about how that legacy continues to follow her even since the Beatles officially called it quits.

The film premiered last month at SXSW (read Indiewire's review here) and was initially funded by Kickstarter. Watch Ryan White's campaign trailer below.

This article is related to: Good ol' Freda, Magnolia Pictures, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.