Orion: The Man Who Would Be King wins British Independent Film Award



Orion: The Man Who Would Be King won the Discovery Award at the Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFAs) in London on Sunday 6 December. The film explores the extraordinary story of Jimmy “Orion” Ellis and the birth of the ‘Elvis is alive’ myth and was made over six years.

After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King went on to win the Gibson Music Films/Music City Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival and best international documentary at In-Edit, Barcelona before winning the Discovery Award at the MBIFAs last Sunday. Sponsored by Raindance, the Discovery Award rewards new talents with a bold, and innovative approach to storytelling. Jeanie Finlay had previously been nominated for Best Documentary at the MBIFAs in 2013, for The Great Hip Hop Hoax.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Jeanie for this wonderful, entertaining and emotional film and the recognition it has already received but winning a BIFA really does top it all off,” said Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England. “We are thrilled to have supported this fantastically crafted music doc and hope that many more audiences can experience it for themselves.”

Broadway’s Development Director, John Tobin, says “We congratulate Jeanie on her fantastic and fully deserved Discovery Award success. We’re proud to have supported Orion: The Man Who Would Be King which, by its creative ambition and critical acclaim, has set the standard for film projects we support in the future to follow.”

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King is available to watch on demand on iTunes, VHX, Curzon Home Cinema and We Are Colony and a limited edition DVD & vinyl is available for pre buy now. The film released theatrically in USA via Sundance Selects last week and is a New York Times critic’s choice. www.orionthemovie.com


One Response to “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King wins British Independent Film Award”

  1. Bart Anderson says:

    I went to school with Jimmy Ellis for 12 years at Orrville HS in Orrville Al. Jimmy was a GREAT friend of mine and i remember many times him and our music teacher Miss Mary Alice Dale working on his style together in the school auditorium. Jimmy never tried to sound like Elvis…he just did, even when he spoke. We all miss Jimmy badly.

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