Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits

Here to Be Heard tells the story of The Slits, the world’s first all-girl punk rock group. Founded in 1976 in London by a group of 14-year-old girls, the band was threatening to guys and inspiring to girls. In an England ruled by bowler-hatted men, Tessa, Palmolive, Viv Albertine and front-woman Ari-Up made the music they wanted to: way past rock 'n' roll and punk, with feminine, reggae-inspired rhythms. Thanks to director William E Badgley, The Slits’ importance is presented to a new generation. Combining new and archival footage with probing interviews with band members as well as compatriots Don Letts, Gina Birch and Thurston Moore, the film makes for an unruly portrait of a band almost too punk for punk.

Presented by Groovescooter
Screenings: BFI London Film Festival 2017, IFFR 2018, Supersonic Festival 2018, MIFF 2018
Dir. William E. Badgley / USA / Documentary / 2017 / 86mins / NSW Premiere

"A fascinating exposé of a raucous, rebellious, groundbreaking female rock group, hitherto obscured in history."

The Upcoming

"We had these four women that were like sticks of dynamite and the whole thing was like this feminist explosion on stage."

Don Letts
musician
01:00 pm
sunday 16th September
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