7.4/10
2,450
10 user 56 critic

The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 10 March 2013 (USA)
Trailer
2:15 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

Director:

Sini Anderson
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Stars: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariya Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich
Salad Days (2014)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

"Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)" examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Crawford
Stars: Fred Armisen, Brendan Canty, Dave Grohl
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple
Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of the punk rock band The Ramones.

Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia
Stars: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
Stars: Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Dannis Hackney
Dig! (2004)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.

Director: Ondi Timoner
Stars: Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.

Director: Tim Irwin
Stars: Milo Aukerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

Director: Julia Loktev
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Stars: Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.

Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Stars: Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.

Directors: Beth Aala, Mike Myers
Stars: Shep Gordon, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Hanna ... Herself
Tammy Rae Carland Tammy Rae Carland ... Herself
Kathryn Wilcox Kathryn Wilcox ... Herself (as Kathi Wilcox)
Tobi Vail Tobi Vail ... Herself
Billy Karren Billy Karren ... Himself (archive footage)
Becca Albee Becca Albee ... Herself
Corin Tucker ... Herself
Allison Wolfe Allison Wolfe ... Herself (as Allison C. Wolfe)
Ann Powers Ann Powers ... Herself, music critic
Lynn Breedlove Lynn Breedlove ... Herself (as Lynnee Breedlove)
Sara Marcus Sara Marcus ... Herself, author of 'Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution'
Carrie Brownstein ... Herself
Joan Jett ... Herself
Kim Gordon ... Herself
Jennifer Baumgardner Jennifer Baumgardner ... Herself
Edit

Storyline

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A punk csaj See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,729, 1 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,418, 10 January 2014
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[last lines]
Kathleen Hanna: I don't give a shit what people think. I know what's real, I don't care if people don't think feminism is important, because I know it is. And I don't care if people don't think late stage Lyme disease exists, because I have it, and other people have it. And we help each other, and we know it exists. And other people can think what they want. My problem is when people get in the way of feminism. Or people get in the way of people who are sick, getting better, because they don't ...
See more »

Soundtracks

Rebel Girl
Written by Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Tobi Vail, Kathryn Wilcox (as Kathi Wilcox)
Performed by Bikini Kill
Courtesy of Bikini Kill Records
From the album "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"I'm your worst nightmare come to life! I'm a girl who you can't shut up!"
2 December 2013 | by aawhithamSee all my reviews

"I'm your worst nightmare come to life! I'm a girl who you can't shut up!" On an old home video in a tiny living room, a woman screams about pain, feminism, and the aggression of men in Olympia, Washington, in 1991. It's the voice of Kathleen Hanna, who will front groundbreaking punk band Bikini Kill and feminist party band Le Tigre, help launch the Riot Grrrl movement, inspire a mainstream grunge rock scene dominated by men, and courageously and emphatically serve as the mouthpiece for every girl who thought she could only whisper things in her bedroom.

Over 20 years later, Hanna is finally given her day in rock history in director Sini Anderson's award-winning documentary THE PUNK SINGER. The origin stories this born leader, third wave feminist icon, and ultimate low-fi artist are brought to life through archival footage, intimate interviews, and commentaries by Kim Gordon, Carrie Brownstein, Ann Powers, Adam Horovitz, and former bandmates. Hanna's in-your-face activism—through lyrics, zines, and manifestos—moved women to the front, literally and figuratively. Two decades later, Hanna is still ripping down barriers of music and gender and art, still proudly saying "Stay out of my way!"


10 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed