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THE SLITS – ‘Here To Be Heard : The Story Of The Slits’

THE SLITS – ‘Here To Be Heard : The Story Of The Slits’

The Slits‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is a new documentary film about the first all-girl Punk group, The Slits. Directed by William E Badgley (‘Kill All Redneck Pricks’), it received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in mid-October.

It can be seen again in the capital at the Sound Screen Music & Film Festival, which runs from 25th-27th March, followed by a run of further screenings that also include Q&A’s with director Badgley and/or band members. An updated list of confirmed dates is as follows :

25.03.18  LONDON Regent Street Cinema *

26.03.18  LONDON Art House Crouch End *

26.03.18  BIRMINGHAM Mockingbird Cinema

27.03.18  LONDON Genesis Mile End *

28.03.18  OXFORD Curzon *

29.03.18  CROYDON David Lean Cinema *

29.03.18  LEEDS City Varieties

29.03.18  COVENTRY The Tin Music & Arts

30.03.18 – 02.04.18  LONDON DocHouse

30.03.18 – 02.04.18  EDINBURGH Filmhouse

31.03.18  LIVERPOOL British Music Experience *

06.04.18  BRISTOL The Cube/Simple Things Festival

06.04.18 – 07.04.18  CARDIFF Chapter

+  10.04.18 – 12.04.18  CARDIFF Chapter

14.04.18  LONDON Hackney Picturehouse *

15.04.18  LONDON Brixton Ritzy *

16.04.18  BRIGHTON Duke Of Yorks *

17.04.18  BIRMINGHAM MAC *

18.04.18  DERBY QUAD *

19.04.18  NOTTINGHAM Broadway *

20.04.18  SHEFFIELD Showroom *

21.04.18  MANCHESTER Home *

22.04.18  GLASGOW GFT *

27.04.18-28.04.18  PLYMOUTH Arts Centre

28.04.18  DUBLIN IFI

03.05.18  PLYMOUTH Arts Centre

07.05.18  LONDON Screen On The Green *

08.05.18  LEEDS Everyman *

09.05.18  BRISTOL Everyman *

11.05.18 – 14.05.18  CARDIGAN Theatr Mwldan

* includes Q&A

The DVD will be released on 20th April 2018.


Contemporaries of The Clash and Sex Pistols and the godmothers of the musical movement known as ‘Punky Reggae’, the film tells the story of the young women pioneers of the mid-70’s Punk era from a female point of view and runs from the inception of the group in 1976 to its end in 2010 (coinciding with the death of lead vocalist, Ari Up).

It includes interviews with Don Letts (former group manager and punk documentarian), Viv Albertine (guitarist), Ari Up (vocalist), Palmolive (founder/first drummer), Tessa Pollitt (bassist), Bruce Smith (second drummer), Hollie Cook (vocalist/keyboards/percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU Punk professor), Dennis Bovell (producer of debut album ‘Cut’), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Adrian Sherwood (producer and long-term friend and collaborator) and many more, as well as previously unseen footage and band recordings.

‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is produced by Badgley via his company Molasses Manifesto and Mark Vennis of Moviehouse Entertainment, while Pledge Music are working with the duo to bring a DVD release of the film direct to the band’s loyal and, in many cases, long-time followers. It is the first film project that Pledge have been involved with.

Pledge campaign : pledgemusic.com/theslits