ORION: The Man Who Would Be King (Directors Screening)
Director Jeanie Finlay introduces her new film, together with Elvis-themed dinner and karaoke!
Friday 2nd October, 7:00pm - 11:55pm
We’re beyond excited to be staging the Teesside premiere of ORION: The Man Who Would Be King, the new feature length documentary by director Jeanie Finlay – of Sound it Out and The Great Hip Hop Hoax fame.
ORION tells the story of Jimmy Ellis , an unknown singer plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis… back from the grave.
With an outlandish fictional identity torn from the pages of the novel Orionby Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records, and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death – exploded into a cult success and the ‘Elvis is alive’ myth was begun.
Borne by his incredible voice, Jimmy – as the masked and rhinestoned Orion – gained the success he’d always craved, the women he always desired and the adoration of screaming masses, but it wasn’t enough…
Orion proves that fact is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man?
Jeanie will be with us in person – in jumpsuit and sequinned mask, we hope – to introduce the film, and that’s just the beginning…
To celebrate, and to accompany the screening, we’re also putting on a Viva Las Vegas Dinner (expect cheeseburgers, and peanut butter and banana sandwich cake aplenty) before decending into a no-holds-barred Elvis Karaoke.
Tickets are an all-inclusive £20 (plus booking fee) for the film, the food and the karaoke, so come and join us and – hey – get All Shook Up.
“A must watch” – Rolling Stone
“Catchy and engaging… A vivid whirl” – Variety
“Elusive and haunting” ★★★★ – Little White Lies
“A pop-cultural parable… Faust gone Nashville” – Sight and Sound
★★★★ Radio Times
“A gold-record documentary” ★★★★ – Movie Buzzers
★★★★ The Upcoming
“Fascinating… a must see” – The Wrap
“A story that’s just too good to be true” – The Moveable Fest