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Good Ol'Freda- A movie about the Beatles secretary
1 September 2013
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That sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

I can't wait to get my hands on that dvd!

2 September 2013
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There'll be a Reddit Ask Me Anything with the director and Freda on Thursday the 5th at 2pm EST: http://www.reddit.com/r/AMA

Edit: Questions and answers are all here.

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8 September 2013
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Last night was a Beatley night. After I went to the opening for the Astrid Kircherr exhibit, I went to another screening of "Good Ol' Freda" at which Freda herself was present for a Q&A, and I got to meet her! She was, as one might imagine, very warm and personable. I thanked her for doing the film. She asked me if I liked it, and I told her absolutely, this was my second time seeing the film and I cried each time. I don't have any Beatle Books, so I got her and the director, Ryan White, to sign my movie ticket. 

The screening was packed, definitely a hardcore Beatle audience of all ages. Someone asked her if she plans to write a book, and she sidestepped the question ("Let's get the movie out, let's get the DVD out first") but she didn't rule it out. The director said they did 40 hours of interviews with Freda and had to condense the movie down to 86 minutes. The DVD will have extras, but it sounds like there's more than enough material for a book!

Here are few photos. I couldn't get a sharp photo of her with the director from where I was sitting, sorry.

 

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BTW, Freda's going to be on Breakfast with the Beatles this morning. You can listen live here.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

8 September 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Wow, Parlance! Sooooo cool!!  I can't believe you got to meet her! SO exciting apple01  She looks like a real, down-to-earth, sweetheart of a lady.  I bet the movie was awesome too.  You live such a cool life!

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

8 September 2013
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HeyTrud said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Wow, Parlance! Sooooo cool!!  I can't believe you got to meet her! SO exciting apple01  She looks like a real, down-to-earth, sweetheart of a lady.  I bet the movie was awesome too.  You live such a cool life!

 

Ahahaha, I live a geeky life, I don't know how cool it is. ;-D But, yes, you're right, she is a sweetheart. I can't believe how much publicity she's got to do for this film – all that she's been doing so far has been for the US. I think she's going to be part of the European launch next.

And everyone needs to see the movie! It was even better that second time. Just hearing her talk about the Beatles as her bosses, minus the sycophancy, makes them so much more human than most of the books I've read or documentaries I've watched so far. And as I mentioned earlier, the film dimensionalizes Brian Epstein beyond the tragic figure we normally think of. 

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8 September 2013
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Wow that's great! She seems like such a sweet woman. Good to hear the movie was great too. I think what makes it so different from other documentaries is that it's from a different perspective. 

I'm getting more and more curious.

Edit: Cool that she did the Q&A thing too. There are some interesting things in there. Some people's reactions are hilarious too. It's just sad that some people have to ruin it by making inappropriate remarks.

9 September 2013
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She does seem really sweet, which I guess makes it that much nicer meeting her! You're lucky, Parlance! :D

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

9 September 2013
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^^ Thanks, Emily!

A great review of the movie by Jude Southerland Kessler. I particularly like this paragraph:

Go see this film, I beg you. Take your children to see it. The world right now lacks role models. Freda IS one. She embodies the humility that John and all the Beatles had at the core, in their hearts.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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9 September 2013
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Somehow I missed it when it came to my city, even though I've been checking every week to see screening times.

I guess I have to wait for the DVD.  :-(

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

10 September 2013
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Awesome stuff – one more DVD added to my wishlist.  Thanks for all the info and links everyone.

11 September 2013
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Just watched it.  Fantastic!

A square is not a square when the sides are less than four...
11 September 2013
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The movie will be making its UK debut at the BFI London Film Festival the weekend of Oct. 19-20. They're working on getting a UK distributor. [x-posted to the news thread]

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21 September 2013
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Great interview  at the Washingtonian with the director Ryan White.

And the film will be playing in DC until the 26th.

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21 September 2013
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Also, screenings in Canada and Brazil have been added to the list.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

21 September 2013
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Expert Textpert said
Somehow I missed it when it came to my city, even though I've been checking every week to see screening times.

I guess I have to wait for the DVD.  :-(

Its on Amazon Instant Video for $6. I wouldn't normal pay that high for a rental, but it looks interesting. 

Great photos parlance!apple01apple01apple01apple01

 

21 September 2013
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sky090909 said

Great photos parlance!apple01apple01apple01apple01

 

Thank you! apple01

 

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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21 September 2013
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Oh yay!  Finally coming to Edmonton :)  

Thanks Parlance

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

3 October 2013
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Got an email that Freda will be taking part in Q&A's at the following screenings:

Freda will take part in live Q&As at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (http://goodolfreda.us6.list-ma…..750674ed1b) for the opening night screening on October 11,

then at the UK premiere at BFI London Film Festival (http://goodolfreda.us6.list-ma…..750674ed1b) on October 19 & 20,

and then at the EBS International Documentary Festival (http://goodolfreda.us6.list-ma…..750674ed1b) in Seoul on October 23!

 

parlance

Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

3 November 2013
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* The DVD and Blu-ray for Good Ol' Freda are available for pre-order in the US, Canada, and there's a link at the page for Amazon UK pre-orders. [x-posted to the news thread]

 

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

20 November 2013
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There's an extensive interview with Freda in The Guardian. Haven't yet read it in full, but someone else had highlighted this bit:

Lennon had often confided in her that he thought he would die young. "The first thing that came into my mind [when he died] was that he used to say: 'I won't be here when I'm 40. I won't make 40'," she says. "I just wonder what he'd be like today."

Wow. I hadn't heard that before. I wonder why he felt like that as early as his 20s.

parlance

Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

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