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.