Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

The Punk Singer

Friday 21st March, 2014

The Electric Cinema Screen 2 | 18:30

Sini Anderson's portrait of Kathleen Hanna, figurehead for the riot-grrl movement of the early 90s.

!#6 - Kathleen closeup. Photo courtesy of Pat Smear Musician and riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna � formerly of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, now with The Julie Ruin � is the fascinating central figure in the biographical documentary The Punk Singer.

Catapulted around the stage with righteous fury and charisma to burn, it’s not hard to see how Kathleen Hanna became a focus and figurehead for the riot-grrrl movement of the early 90s. Leaving behind a turbulent childhood, she started out as a spoken-word performer in Olympia, Washington and then decided that if she was going to make a real impact she needed to join a band. One of the best things about Sini Anderson’s portrait is seeing the different forms that Hanna’s creativity takes, from Bikini Kill right up to the point in 2005 where misdiagnosed Lyme disease forced her to pull the plug on electroclash trio Le Tigre. Exhilarating and moving in equal parts.

This preview screening is presented in tandem with record emporium Milque and Muhle, and afterwards appropriate tunes will be played at Cherry Reds on John Bright Street.


Dir. Sini Anderson / USA 2013 / 80 min

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