Grab your backstage pass and take a visceral trip to the 1990s with one of the decade’s seminal grunge punk bands, L7. Pigeonholed as an all-female group despite their every effort, L7’s fierce members struggled against music industry and fan expectations even as they contended with questions of celebrity and success. The narrative of the L.A. rock quartet had been lost in the sands of time until their own fans demanded it be told on L7's terms. The Kickstarter-funded L7: Pretend We’re Dead spans their original 16-year run and lives up to their high expectations, with director Sarah Price (American Movie, The Yes Men, Summercamp) compiling her thorough documentary from more than 100 hours of footage. Chronicling everything from the band's formation in 1985 to their height as the 'queens of grunge,' the film takes a rollercoaster ride through L7’s triumphs and failures, providing a compelling insight into their eventual dissolution in 2001.
L7: Pretend We’re Dead | Dir. Sarah Price | Documentary | 93mins | USA | 2016 | Australian Premiere
"They were openly, brazenly feminist, and I really responded to that."
"They had the riffs, they had the songs. They just rocked."