Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

The King’s State Visit to York’s City Screen…Well, sort of.


Roll out the red carpet and dust off the best china for a screening of Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, which will be hosted by the documentarian herself, Jeanie Finlay, at York’s City Screen on Monday 26th October.

When a King dies he is replaced by a new King – or Queen – who will hopefully fill the crown-shape hole in our hearts. But what happens when that beloved King proves irreplaceable? Well, ignoring healthy grieving practice, it seems all we can do is pretend that he isn’t really dead at all.

Jeanie Finlay’s documentary explores the rise of rock ‘n’ roll musician, Jimmy ‘Orion’ Ellis, in the wake of Elvis’s death in 1977. Creating a pseudo-identity from a mask, a metre of 70s lapels and a voice remarkably reminiscent of Elvis’s southern drawl, Ellis found himself at the epicentre of the mourners who just couldn’t believe the King really was dead.

With the opportunity to question Finlay’s take on Jimmy Ellis’s commercial exploitation of Elvis’s vacant throne, this screening promises a fascinating illustration of the relentless, reckoning force of fandom. If nothing else, this film shows that we really are caught in a trap, that we really can’t walk out, because – let’s face it – we love Elvis too much, baby.

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King – York City Screen Picturehouse – Monday 26th October, 18:30

Tickets available here.