The filmmakers of “Good Ol' Freda,” the documentary about Freda Kelly and the Beatles Fan Club, announced in a press release Wednesday that after a year of negotiations, they've been granted permission from the Beatles to include four of the group's songs in the soon-to-be released film.
“This is the story of a teenage girl who spent a decade of her life fully devoted to four boys she believed in. Fifty years later, she's still as devoted as ever and has never let them down," director Ryan White said in making the announcement. "There is no better and more special way to tell hers story than by doing it with original Beatles tracks, so we're thrilled that Apple Corps has made a rare exception."
"It's a wonderful testament to Freda and our film, so we're very excited!," co-producer Kathy McCabe told Beatles Examiner.
The film, which has been working for over a year to get music rights, will include the Beatles songs “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Will,” “I Feel Fine” and “Love Me Do.” The film will also include songs by Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Carl Perkins and others.
Such uses of Beatles music are rare. The AMC TV series “Mad Men” recently made headlines for being able to use a single Beatles song. The rights reportedly cost the show $250,000. The cost of the rights for the music in "Good Ol' Freda" was not revealed, but White told the Hollywood Reporter, “Clearly, the living Beatles have a lot of respect for her.”
The film premieres in March at South By Southwest. The filmmakers are trying to raise money for post-production costs at the Southern Documentary Fund website.
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