Hit So Hard (2011)

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A documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Erlandson ...
Melissa Auf der Maur ...
Himself (archive footage)
Kristen Pfaff ...
Herself (archive footage)
Larry Schemel ...
Gina Schock ...
Debbi Peterson ...
Kate Schellenbach ...
Nina Gordon ...
Roddy Bottum ...
Joe Mama-Nitzberg ...
Phranc ...


HIT SO HARD follows the journey of Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band 'Hole.' As a young girl who always knew she was 'different' from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of 'Rolling Stone.' But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected 'slacker' generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side. Written by Anonymous

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The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel


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$30,402 (USA) (8 June 2012)

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Nominated for Best Music Film at the 2013 NME Awards along with Searching For Sugar Man, LCD Soundsystem: 'Shut Up And Play The Hits', Marley, The Rolling Stones: 'Crossfire Hurricane' and Led Zeppelin: 'Celebration Day'. See more »


Courtney Love: Someone once said that Nirvana attracted everybody that'd ever been through a broken home. My niche is a lot more specific. It's a lot of females and a lot of gay guys and a few advanced, evolved heterosexual men. Not many but there're a few out there.
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We Do Not Belong
Written by Will Schwartz, Patty Schemel
Performed by Psychic Friend
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A really fresh new look.
5 June 2011 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

Ebersole and Hughes manage to avoid all the pitfalls of your average Fall and Rise story. It's incredibly touching without ever being sappy or self-indulgent. What comes across is the story of a really clever, talented, brave woman who you end up rooting for regardless of whether you were a fan or not. You see people rather than icons which is so rare and refreshing. There's also a real story here with some great twists which I won't give away.

If you are a fan (I am) there's just a ton of fascinating footage that really takes you back to that time. The interviews are candid, relaxed and very real which is a testament to the film-makers. Ebersole shows respect for his subjects and it shows. I saw it with a group of friends and we were still talking about it the next day.

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