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Two years after the death of Elvis Presley, ​Sun Records began promoting a masked singer named Orion whose uncanny voice led many to believe ‘The King’ was still alive. The ​stranger than fiction, true story of that mysterious masked man is revealed in Jeanie Finlay’s ​moving and ​wildly entertaining​ new film.

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Absolutely required viewing

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Andy___________
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2015-10-27
Sometimes - often, even - it turns out that it’s not the stories of the people who made it that are the most interesting, but the people who got within arms reach and then lost it all. Jeanie Finlay showed this brilliantly in her last film, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, and she does so again here.
Orion is a story so strange it’s almost hard to believe initially. Someone actually put on a mask and pretended (or at least didn’t deny) to be the late Elvis Presley. The story of how this came to happen is both fascinating and sad - a blend of desperation, music industry manipulation and a certain degree of luck.
Jimmy Ellis is as complex a character as those around him, and this really comes across in the film. The depth of Finlay’s exploration of his story is really impressive.
Absolutely required viewing.

An absolutely fantastic watch

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Teacup Faery
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2015-10-22
Another gem from Director Jeanie Finlay. She manages to find unbelievable true life stories and unravel them before your very eyes. Must see (as are any of her films!)

An Utterly Beguiling and Interesting Story

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lisaannejenkins
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2015-10-17
I could say so much here, but I really don't want to give any of the mind blowing discoveries away. More than anything this is about the dark side of the music industry, a person's dreams and a fascinating character. I can't believe this story hasn't been told before, but that is one of the director's [Jeanie Finlay] greatest talents. Discovering the extrodinary people in their seemingly ordinary lives. Because really...'ordinary' doesn't exist....

Loved this

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nettlefairy
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2015-10-17
I had heard of Orion and always been intrigued but knew very little. This was a fascinating story and so well told.

Thoughtful, heartfelt, illuminating

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Ladymarmar
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2015-10-12
What would you do if you'd struggled for years to make it as a singer then someone offers you the keys to success - with one proviso: you have to wear a mask. At all times in public. That's the central question to this superb documentary which reveals the truly sad tale of Jimmy Ellis, the man with the voice of Elvis whose gift also turned out to be his curse. Beautifully told with interviews, archive footage and the kind of dream-like moments which Jeanie Finlay is so good at, this excellent documentary also acts as a cautionary tale for those desperate to make success in the music business - without truly understanding the cost.

Truth is really stranger than fiction

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SallyH13
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2015-10-12
Insightful and respectful film about a masked singer with a voice just like the King and how he came to be signed by Sun Records and started the Elvis is Alive myth. There’s some great archive footage and interviews with people who knew him best. Who was that masked man?!

Great doc

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sainttrevor13
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2015-10-11
A great documentary about identity, ambition and the harsh world of the music industry. Deftly uses archive footage and contemporary interviews to tell a near-unbelievable life story. Recommended.

Mr

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35 with sunglasses
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2015-10-10
This is an amazing film that meditates on fame, success, identity and ultimately the meaning of life - with a great sound track to boot. Who was the real Orion? We were talking about it all the way home.

An incredible story - dreamy, moving and revelatory

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Parmoroyale
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2015-10-10
I don’t want to give away any spoilers but would urge you to watch this entertaining and surprisingly moving film.