Jeanie Finlay, director of Sound It Out, will be at Tyneside Cinema on 02 October for the screening of her critically acclaimed new documentary Orion: The Man Who Would be King, which remembers the ultimate Elvis impersonator.
The film documents the rollercoaster rise and tragic fall of the mystery masked man with the voice of a legend.
As a teenager in 1960s Alabama, Jimmy Ellis' wonderful singing voice was unlike any other. Except, that is, for one Elvis Presley. Hampered by his over-resemblance to the King, Jimmy’s own singing career floundered. Then, in 1979 he found fame as a masked singer called “Orion”, a persona deliberately evolved to create intrigue in the wake of Presley’s death. Over the next years he played to legions of grieving Elvis fans, and developed his own fanatical fan base, many of whom remained in wilful denial about the true identity of their idol. With his contract stipulating he never remove his mask in public, Ellis’ success came at a high price for the singer still hoping to succeed on his own terms. Jeanie Finlay’s nuanced portrait of Ellis serves as a riveting cautionary tale of the music industry, and a memorable exploration of identity.
When: 5:50pm, Friday 02 October
Where: Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
For further information and to book tickets, please see Tyneside Cinema’s website.