Members of key punk band The Slits are to appear in conversation at the screening of a new film about the band’s history at QUAD this April.
Tessa Pollitt and Palmolive, and William Badgley director of new rockumentary Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits, will take part in an interview and Q&A session after the screening on 18 April 2018.
Here To Be Heard: The Story of The Slits is a film about the world’s first all girl punk band who formed in London in 1976, contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, they are the pioneering godmothers of the musical movement known as Punky Reggae. The film tells the story of the band and the lives of the women involved, from the band’s inception in 1976 to the band’s end in 2010 coinciding at the death of lead vocalist Ari Up.
The story is told on film through a mix of archival footage, never before seen images, and interviews with The Slits along with punk rock royalty, extraordinary producers, scholars and those influenced by band, can be best described by a quote from Ari Up herself: “I’m not here to be loved, I’m here to be heard.”
Jenn Pelly at Pitchfork has called the film, ‘one of the most crucial music documentaries ever made’ and Storge editor Sarah Lay, who will host the after film Q&A session, said, “while punk is considered one of the most important music and protest moments of recent history the role of women in the movement, and the contribution they made to the music world, is still too often over-looked. This film brings a spotlight to a band who were artistically vital and endlessly courageous in a scene and society that fails to recognise them as equals, while also showing the deep friendship and solidarity between members, and the importance of honest self-expression no matter what.”
The second full length feature from film director William Badgley, who’s previous film Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film About A Band Called KARP screened in ten countries, said of Here To Be Heard, “My sister, who worked on the film with me, once said, ‘At some point in the making of these films you start to live the reality of the band you are making the film about’ and that couldn’t be more true with this project.
“The Slits endured unbelievable hardships while trying to do one of the simplest and most difficult and courageous things that anyone can try to do, which I like to call, ‘Playing The Song That’s In Your Head’ and in short ignoring what everyone around you is saying you should do.”