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Orion: The Man Who Would Be King article

Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:52 pm

http://www.screendaily.com/5050600.article

Creative England backs Finlay's new music documentary

14 January, 2013 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative England is backing Jeanie Finlay’s next Orion: The Man Who Would Be King.

The feature documentary is about Jimmy Ellis, a singer who was plucked from obscurity in 1978, given a fictional identity, signed to Sun Records and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.

Ellis had a voice that was described as “a dead-ringer for Presley’s” and wore a trademark mask when performing. After he had a meltdown and ripped off the mask live on-stage, he spent the rest of his career in obscurity before dying in a tragic killing.

Finlay has been working on the film since 2009 and with the backing she will be shooting more footage in Norway at the end of the month and will then be editing from February. During the past three years, Finlay has been doing archival research and interviewing key figures from Ellis’ life. The film will also include performances and interviews with Ellis from all stages of his career.

Orion will be the second co-production between Finlay’s indie Glimmer Films and Al Morrow at Met Film, with their third co-production Pantomime releasing Christmas 2013.

Finlay said: “I bought an Orion LP ten years ago at a car-boot sale. Enticed by the mysterious masked man on the cover I immediately wanted to peek underneath and discover more about the man behind the mask. When I heard his voice and uncovered his story I felt haunted and compelled to tell his Faustian quest for fame and his tragic demise.”

Anna Seifert Speck of Creative England added, “Orion is a compelling story with true cinematic potential. We are excited to be backing the project and excited to see how Jeanie will realise this unique story”

Al Morrow, producer, added “Met Film Production is thrilled to be working once again with director Jeanie Finlay and Glimmer Films on her new film Orion. An award winning director, Jeanie is a uniquely brilliant story-teller who puts her characters at the heart of all her films. As with The Great Hip Hop Hoax, she has found another extraordinary protagonist in Jimmy Ellis aka Orion – the man who would be king.”

Finlay, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow who has credits including Sound It Out and Goth Cruise, is now finishing The Great Hip Hop Hoax, which will launch this year both theatrically and on the BBC’s Storyville strand. That project is about Silibil n’ Brains, Scottish students who masqueraded as an American hip-hop duo.

Re: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King article

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:13 pm

Everytime I hear or see the name 'Orion' I get the shits. He has nothing to do with Elvis Presley.

Re: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King article

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:21 pm

JoshMorgan wrote:Everytime I hear or see the name 'Orion' I get the shits. He has nothing to do with Elvis Presley.

Sure he does..

Re: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King article

Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:39 pm

sounds like it'll make a great movie as long as they use his real voice and not someone trying to immitate him like they tend to do with Elvis documentaries..

Re: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King article

Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:51 am

Orion was a disgrace. The album cover to REBORN is enough to turn any Elvis fan's stomach.

Re: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King article

Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:24 am

Swingin-Little-Guitar-Man wrote:Orion was a disgrace. The album cover to REBORN is enough to turn any Elvis fan's stomach.



It was Shelby Singleton's (owner of Sun Records) idea of the distasteful coffin cover in order to sell more copies to clueless fans. Sam Phillips thought he was crazy to put something like this out.



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This was the Elvis eqivalent to the Beatles "Yesterday & Today" Butcher cover.

Re: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King article

Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:05 am

TCB-FAN wrote:
Swingin-Little-Guitar-Man wrote:Orion was a disgrace. The album cover to REBORN is enough to turn any Elvis fan's stomach.



It was Shelby Singleton's (owner of Sun Records) idea of the distasteful coffin cover in order to sell more copies to clueless fans. Sam Phillips thought he was crazy to put something like this out.



Image


This was the Elvis eqivalent to the Beatles "Yesterday & Today" Butcher cover.

It would have made more sense that the person in the casket didn't have the mask on , only the reborn would be wearing the mask. :?