THE PUNK SINGER
(Sini Anderson, USA). 80 minutes. Rating: NNNN Sini Anderson’s portrait of riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna is a welcome antidote to the fun Who Took The Bomp, which played last year’s Inside/Out. While that pic was a love letter to Hanna’s band, Le Tigre, The Punk Singer is revealing, almost painfully intimate.
Spinning off interviews with female rockers, including Joan Jett, Tribe 8’s Lynnee Breedlove, Corin Tucker of Sleater- Kinney and, of course, Hanna herself, and a whack of archival footage, the doc tracks Hanna’s career from spoken word artist in 1991 through raging Bikini Kill lead singer and cofounder of the riot grrrl movement to her stint with dance band Le Tigre and beyond.
Funny, sexy and angry, the woman who redefined feminism for a new generation is shown as a hugely influential cultural force, indomitable and wholly in control – until she was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2005. Raw, emotional footage of her talking about her medical struggle is revelatory. SGC Apr 29, 9: 30 pm, The Royal Cinema; May 1, 8 pm, Hart House Theatre; May 3, 6: 30 pm, Scotiabank Theatre 3.