HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS
The film tells the story of the band and the lives of the women involved, from the bands inception in 1976 to the bands end in 2010 coinciding at the death of lead vocalist Ari Up
Named by MOJO Magazine as one of the Top 5 Music Films of 2017, Here To Be Heard: The Story of The Slits tells the story of the world's first all girl punk band who formed in London in 1976, contemporaries of The Clash & The Sex Pistols, they are the pioneering godmothers of the musical movement known as "Punky Reggae".
When Ari passed away she was working with SLITS tour manager and friend Jennifer Shagawat on a film about the band. After Ari passed and the film was still not completed Jennifer contacted her long time friend Bill over at Molasses Manifesto to come on board and help her finish the project. Includes previously unseen footage of the band, as well as photographs, and newspaper clippings.
CELEBRATING MUSIC STORE DAY: MONDAY 16-SATURDAY 21 APRIL
This special strand of the Foyle Film Festival Spring Cinema Programme celebrates Music Store Day on Saturday 21 April with a series of the best documentaries exploring and celebrating Punk Rock - including the documentary HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS. This special celebration will culminate with a gig by local punk rock band THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES in the Nerve Centre on Saturday 21 April.
“Love innovative music? Then you shouldn’t miss @slitsdoc – about pionerring & truly original #Slits still fresh, still influential."
~ Ian Christie @iancworks
“A fascinating expose of a raucous, rebellious, groundbreaking female rock group, hitherto obscured in history… An intriguing, thought-provoking revelation.”
~ Catherine Sedgwick, The Upcoming
“Packed with important footage, great anecdotes, important social context. An entertaining, highly watchable film to fill a conspicuous gap in the punk pantheon.”
~ Jamie Brown, Cinemazine