Orion: The Man Who Who Would Be King (Jeanie Finlay, UK, 2015)

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Wonderfully weird… As entertaining as it is moving.
— Mark Kermode, The Observer

We are delighted to welcome director Jeanie Finlay (Sound It Out, The Great Hip-Hop Hoax) to present her latest feature documentary, Orion, followed by a Q&A. 

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 a fictional identity torn from the pages of the bestselling novel Orion by 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 began. 

The story of Orion proves that fact is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man?

Orion has been screened at festivals around the world this year, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film festival in May.