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The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 10 March 2013 (USA)
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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.

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

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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
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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.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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A punk csaj See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,729, 1 December 2013

Gross USA:

$122,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,000
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1.78 : 1
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[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 ...
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Soundtracks

Ha Ha
Written by Kathleen Hanna , Kathryn Wilcox (as Kathi Wilcox), Carmine Covelli, Sara Landeau, Kenny Mellman
Performed by The Julie Ruin
Courtesy of The Julie Ruin Records
[From the album "Run Fast"]
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"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!"


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