THE PUNK SINGER

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(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.

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