ORIONThe man who would be king
The Man Who Would Be King, 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 best-selling 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 realized in the months after Presley’s death explodes into a cult success – and the Elvis-is-alive myth began.
The story of Orion proves that reality is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man?
Directed by Jeanie Finlay
Called “star of tomorrow” by Screen International, Jeanie Finlay from Nottingham, after the documentaries Goth Cruise, Teenland, Home Maker, imposes herself on the scene with Sound It Out, set in a record store in the English province (best Doc at Cinema Versa and the Official Film of Record Store Day 2011). After realizing Great Hip Hop Hoax and Panto! and being awarded the Inspiration award winner at Sheffield Doc festival, Jeanie directed this film recently presented at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and in other prestigious film festivals in the US and it’s an European première at Seeyousound.