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The rollercoaster rise and tragic fall of the mystery masked man with the voice of a legend
Jeanie Finlay
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ORION: The Man Who Would Be King is a sponsored project of Sheffield Doc/Fest

Heartfelt thanks to EVERYBODY who has supported the production of ORION!

  As Jimmy "Orion" Ellis said "Success Takes Courage" and it's been brilliant to have you all supporting us along the way.

We now need your help to tak take the film to cinemas. Every single $ pledged will be spent on-screen and will go towards supporting our independent film. Our original goal is only a tiny portion of our total film budget so every $ pledged really does make a difference.
Pick a limited edition perk and back us all the way!

Thanks again,
Jeanie, Sally and Dewi

"If Elvis is alive, he wears a mask and goes by the name ORION" 1979 Nashville News
The rollercoaster rise and tragic fall of the mystery masked man with the voice of a legend

"The next incredible music film will be Jeanie Finlay's 
'ORION: The Man Who Would Be King'"
Christopher Campbell - Nonfics.com

ORION: The Man Who Would Be King 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 a fictional identity from the pages of the best selling novel Orion by Gail Brewer Giorgio, 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 began. 

"It all started when I bought a record at a car boot sale with my husband  in Nottingham, UK ten years ago. As soon as I saw the Sun Records label I immediately wanted to find out more about the mysterious masked man on the cover." Jeanie Finlay - Director

"I started filming four years ago and now I need
your support to finish the film." Jeanie Finlay - Director ORION

In return for your valued support we have some unique rewards to say thank you. 


  • Limited edition, boutique collectors 7" gatefold signed DVD of the film.
  • You can name a star in the Orion constellation! 
  • Custom and limited edition masks based on ORION's iconic Sun Records covers by award-winning costume designer Claire Finlay
  • Our friends at Tatty Devine have designed two different ORION necklaces.
  • Limited edition (100) ORION letterpress poster designed and printed in Nashville by legendary Hatch Show Print. One-off design tbc
  • Digital download of the film to own
  • Collectors items like original ORION 8-tracks all the way from Nashville.
  • We're offering the 8 tracks framed in a custom made box frame.
  • Original ORION cassette albums.
  • We have a selection of original ORION vinyl records to choose from.
  • You can choose from stickers and a huge online thank you from the team, we'll dedicate personalised tracks to our backers too. 

ORION: The Man Who Would Be King is Jeanie's sixth feature film. She's made films like Sound It Out, about the last remaining independent record in her hometown of Stockton-on-Tees in the North-East of England, Goth Cruise for IFC and Teenland for BBC4. She also made BIFA nominated (best documentary) The Great Hip Hop Hoax for BBC Storyville about Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains, who were actually students from Scotland, with fake American accents and made up identities. 

Recent press for Jeanie's films:

★★★★  THE HERALD “A great tale of a rock n’ roll swindle told with pop star flair and biting intelligence”  

“Like a mint pressing in a bargain bin “Sound It Out” is a rare find” NEW YORK TIMES

“Jeanie gives her projects time. She’s a serious, meticulous thinker, not a documentarist for the Big Brother Generation.” SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

ORION: The Man Who Would Be King has the potential to reach a similar  international audience.

We really value your support and your contribution will really help to bring this story to life and we hope eventually to cinema screens. We're really close to the finishing line and need your help to reach it. 

'Team ORION' is Jeanie Finlay (Director) and Sally Hodgson (Producer of Marketing and Distribution). We've worked together before on one of the first British films to use crowdfunding: SOUND IT OUT. We absolutely loved working together on this film, raising support through IndieGoGo and bringing the film (and stickers and cupcakes) to cinemas. We got the opportunity to meet many of the people who supported us and helped us finish the film - a truly brilliant experience. We hope to do the same with ORION: The Man Who Would be King and hope you'll join us on our journey.

Help us spread the word about our campaign whether you're able to donate or not. Come and say hello:

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  • Every share will help to make a difference! 

If you knew or saw Orion perform then add your story to our memory bank by using the hastag #MyOrion, we'd love to hear from you. 

Just use the hashtag across Facebook or Twitter when you're posting your content and we'll add your stories to our online memory bank.

Thanks so much for reading and for any support you can offer us. We really appreciate it!

Jeanie & Sally x

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped us with the perks and promotion for this campaign. Special mentions go to Sun RecordsTatty DevineStar Registry, Disc Go Round Records, Record Store Day, We Transfer and Carrie Colliton.


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