Guardian Live Events Presents ‘Orion’

Guardian Live Docs brings together some of the most compelling feature-length documentaries from around the world, in a double bill every month with a new Guardian commissioned short documentary.

Set to be screened on 30th September, Guardian Live presents their latest documentary, Orion.

Date: Friday 25th September, 2015
Time: 8.30pm–10pm
Place: Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, London
Price: £15

Buy your tickets here.

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 a novel, 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. Our story revels in the manipulative schemes of the music industry, the truth and lies at the heart of the story, the allure of fantasy and the eternal search for identity. Check out the trailer here.

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

After the screening there will also be a Q&A with Danny Leigh and director Jeanie Finlay.

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