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by Jeanie Finlay


Orion tells the story of Jimmy Ellis, an unknown singer with a voice the very twin of Elvis’. Plucked from obscurity, he was signed to Sun Records and given a outlandish fictional identity. The scheme exploded into cult success - and the “Elvis is alive” myth was born.

Borne by his incredible voice, Jimmy Ellis - as the masked Orion - gained the success he'd always craved but it was at a price.

This story revels in the manipulations of the music industry, the allure of fantasy and the eternal search for identity. Who was that masked man?

international title: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
original title: Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
country: United Kingdom
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Jeanie Finlay
film run: 88'
screenplay: Jeanie Finlay
cinematography by: Mark Bushnell, Stewart Copeland, Roger Knott-Fayle, Steven Sheil
film editing: Lucas Roche
producer: Jeanie Finlay
production: Glimmer Films, Met Film Production
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