The Beatles have granted a music license to a documentary for South by Southwest. It’s rare for the Beatles to allow anyone to use their original music, but the upcoming film called “Good Ol’ Freda” will feature four songs from the band.
The film centres around Freda Kelly, who served as the band’s secretary for 11 years. Now in her 60′s, Kelly is finally ready to tell her story, even though many have been asking about her experiences for years.
“She’s not tempted by money at all,” says Ryan White, director of the documentary. “Freda closed the Beatles’ offices, so she left with truckloads of Beatles stuff and gave it all away to fans over the years.” He adds Kelly has chosen now to open up about working for the Beatles “for her 2-year-old grandson — she sees it as a sort of home movie.”
How did White get the ever elusive music licence to the Beatles’ songs? It’s simple, he says. “Clearly the living Beatles have a lot of respect for [Freda].”
Beatles classics like “Love Me Do,” and “I Saw Her Standing There” will be featured in the film along with two other songs. The terms of the music license have not been released.
“Good Ol’ Freda” will premiere on March 9 at SXSW.