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Charming documentary sheds light on Beatles’ secretary

You would have to be living under a rock to have never heard about legendary British band The Beatles.

But a “charming” new documentary, screening this weekend at the Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series, is looking to show a side of the band that most have never seen.

“Good ol Freda” is showing at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) on Sunday at 3pm. It tells the story of Freda Kelly, who as a teenager was selected to become the group's first secretary and manager of their fan club.

Duncan Hall, the film series organiser, said: “As many reviewers have written, prepare to completely fall in love with Freda Kelly.

“She is funny, charming, completely lovable — and the film is a delight.”

Supported by the living Beatles members, the film also features original music by the band and has screened at more than 20 film festivals around the world.

It premiered at the prestigious South By Southwest Film Festival, in Austin, Texas, in April.

Also screening on Sunday at 5.15pm, is a romantic comedy that won the ‘Best Screenplay' award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

“In a World” was written and directed by actress Lake Bell, who also stars in the film as Carol, a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cut-throat world of movie trailer voice-overs only to find herself in direct competition with the industry's reigning king — her father.

As romantic sparks begin to fly with a charming sound engineer, Louis — and with her budding career and sense of self on the line — Carol finds herself facing a momentous decision: whether to give in to her father's bullying or go all out for the job as the official voice of a blockbuster, female-centred “quadrilogy” — and finally begin living life on her own terms.

Ms Bell has also had roles in movies like “No Strings Attached”, “What Happens in Vegas”, and “It's Complicated”.

The Weekend Film Series is sponsored by Gosling's. Tickets are available now at the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 294-0204.

Trailers of both films can be watched at

Freda Kelly: Pictured wit Paul McCartney

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Published September 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 09, 2013 at 8:35 pm)

Charming documentary sheds light on Beatles’ secretary

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