Today is the release date of the fascinating new Beatles documentary Good Ol’ Freda on DVD and when last I talked with Producer Kathy McCabe and Director Ryan White (August 2012 interview here) the project was still very much a work in progress. I caught up with Kathy again this week and over the phone, she shared with me some interesting and humorous details about the ups and downs of making the film and her lifelong friendship with Freda Kelly, former Beatles Fan Club Secretary, and the endearing subject of this wonderful film.
To recap: Good Ol’ Freda is about the incredible experiences of Freda Kelly during the 11 years she served as the National Fan Club Secretary for The Beatles. Freda was, however, more than just a secretary. Along with Beatles manager Brian Epstein and The Beatles themselves, she was part of their inner circle and would visit with the family members of each of The Beatles to help them in various ways to cope with their sudden rise to fame.