Fifty years on from the height of Beatlemania, it continues to generate fascination — as much as, or perhaps even more so, than the Fab Four’s actual music, heretical though that sounds. Three of the four upcoming movies inspired by the Beatles’ global domination of pop culture in the mid-1960s are fan-related.
The first to appear will be “Good Ol’ Freda,” a probable late summer release from Magnolia Pictures. Ryan White’s documentary, which was mostly Kickstarter-funded and premiered at the SXSW festival in March, looks at the Beatles through the eyes of Freda Kelly.
A shy regular at the Beatles’ legendary lunchtime gigs at the Cavern Club on Mathew Street in Liverpool, Kelly became the group’s secretary when she was 17. She lasted 11 years in the job, a year longer than they stayed together, and also ran their fan club.
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