The Punk Singer (+ Q&A with Kathleen Hanna)

  • May 14, 2014 · 6:45 PM
  • ICA


'I’m your worst nightmare come to life, ’cause I’m not going to shut up.'

For more than 15 years, Kathleen Hanna was as good as her word. As frontwoman of the band Bikini Kill, she became a leading light of both the Pacific Northwest scene and the Riot Grrrl movement of the early 1990s, combining powerful lyrics, a blistering vocal style and a take-no-prisoners attitude that still tears up the screen in archive concert footage.

When the band imploded in 1997, Hanna continued in new creative directions. Then all of a sudden, in 2005, the unthinkable happened: she shut up. This documentary unravels the reason for her silence, and showcases her latest work. With Riot Grrrl tactics and sensibilities making global headlines today thanks to Pussy Riot, this is a timely tribute to the integrity and unquenchable rage of an essential activist and artist.

Kathleen Hanna will be answering questions about the documentary after the screening.

‘The Punk Singer’ was screened in the recent BFI Flare (LGBT) festival and sold out before tickets were available to the general public.

I strongly recommend buying tickets in advance.  They can be bought (here).

We will plan to go for a drink after the event to discuss the documentary.

I will send out an e-mail with meeting details, to all those who have RSVPed, shortly before the event.

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  • Gavin

    A completely inspiring tale of one person’s determination to give a voice to issues marginalised by the mainstream, and to encourage others to find their own voice. If the subject matter interests you at all, you really should check it out. It’s showing until 29th May at the ICA and tickets on Tues 27th are only £6.

    May 15, 2014

  • Marianne

    Not free then.........

    May 8, 2014

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