THE PUNK SINGER
As moving a documentary as you are likely to see in your lifetime Sini Anderson’s filmic telling of Kathleen Hanna’s story as the voice of Olympia, Washington’s groundbreaking punk band Bikini Kill, really packs a punch. Cleanly edited with interview footage of its rebellious subject and such peers as Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, and Hanna’s husband Adam Horowitz, “The Punk Singer” gets inside the soul, inspiration, and thoughtful energy of the visionary girl responsible for starting the Riot Grrrl movement.
A youthful feminist with the style and songs to back it up, Kathleen Hanna comes into clear focus for all that she brought to the punk table of the ‘90s music scene.
Sini Anderson takes her audience on Hanna’s rough-and-tumble journey through her artistic progression toward her Julie Ruin band in the face of personal triumphs and devastating setbacks. It would be telling tales out of school to say anything more, except that if you have the slightest interest in a singer who puts her money where her mouth is then this movie is for you. Don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two.
Not Rated. 80 mins. (A) (Five Stars - out of five/no halves)
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