Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
  • Year2015
  • Duration89 min

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.

Carol Nahra

  • Director(s): Jeanie Finlay
  • Producer(s): Dewi Gregory, Jeanie Finlay
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • Premiere status: World Premiere
  • Website: www.orionthemovie.com
Director Filmography
Panto!
2014
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
2013
SOUND IT OUT
2011
Nottingham Lace
2010
Goth Cruise
2009
Credits
Executive Producer(s):
Kate Townsend, Al Morrow, Suzanne Alizart, Richard Holmes, Hannah Thomas, Andy Copping, John Tobin
Cinematographer(s):
Mark Bushnell, Stewart Copeland, Steven Sheil
Editor(s):
Lucas Roche
(s):
A Glimmer films production in association with Truth Department and Met Film production. A film by Jeanie Finlay, Creative England presents in association with Ffilm Cymru Wales, BBC Storyville and Broadway
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