To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice. – Lord Acton

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     freda kelly was just a shy teenager from liverpool who left school at 16 to make her way in the world. in this documentary, freda tells her story for the first time after 50 years, for very personal reasons all her own. it is the story of a young girl, who, through fate and circumstance, found herself working for a local band, the beatles, hoping to make it big. while none of them had any concept of how far they would go, it was her undying loyalty and dedication that kept her in their inner circle, a rare thing among the many who came and went from their universe.

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at only 16, she became their devoted personal secretary and fan club president, and she understood the young girls’ frenzy them as they grew in fame, as she was herself just a young girl, as well as a fan. she was fiercely protective of each of them and never was swayed by the fame and fortune that came along. Freda saw it all, and became a sister and friend to them, and a daughter to their families. 

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she witnessed their evolution to international fame and watched history unfold before her eyes, taking it all in with amazement and pride.

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it was her dream job, and she was there at the beginning, and there at the end. and as was said, ‘they were together for 10 years, and she worked for them for 11 years.’  the archival footage in this film is amazing, and if you are a fan of the beatles, music history, or just of the pure and sweet side of human nature, you will fall in love with freda and with this movie.

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freda today, as she tells her story, with a few tears and a lot of laughter.

You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past –

whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
Bob Dylan

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image credits: magnolia pictures, the guardian.com,dailymail.co.uk,scope features,sxsw film festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72 responses »

    • it really is fascinating, i had no idea, and i loved seeing all of the old stuff. thanks for reading and following, i look forward to reading more from you too ) beth

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  1. It’s on my list. Thank you for the insightful review, Beth. Good, old Freda got to see more than the flies on the wall, it appears. Perfect timing with this 50-years-after-Ed phenomena still hanging about.

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  2. I loved this movie review and how you were able to use the photos to help tell Freda’s story. What a lucky, lucky woman! I would have loved to live her life! Amazing post, Beth! Smiles, robin

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