The Slits- ‘Here To Be Heard : The Story Of The Slits’ / new release date for DVD 11.05.18

The Slits- ‘Here To Be Heard : The Story Of The Slits’ / new release date for DVD 11.05.18


‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’

new release date for DVD


‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is a new documentary film about the first all-girl

Punk group, The Slits. Directed by William E Badgley (‘Kill All Redneck Pricks’), it received its

world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in mid-October.

It can be seen again in a run of regional screenings that are currently taking place around the

UK and RoI, some of which also include Q&A’s with director Badgley and/or band members.


The remaining dates are as follows :

26.04.18  STOKE Film Theatre

27.04.18 – 28.04.18  PLYMOUTH Arts Centre

+ 03.05.18  PLYMOUTH Arts Centre

27.04.18 – 28.04.18  IPSWICH Film Theatre

+ 01.05.18  IPSWICH Film Theatre

28.04.18  DUBLIN IFI

07.05.18  LONDON Screen On The Green *

08.05.18  LEEDS Everyman *

09.05.18  BRISTOL Everyman *

11.05.18 – 14.05.18  CARDIGAN Theatr Mwldan

07.06.18  BELFAST QFT

17.06.18  NORTHAMPTON Errol Flynn Filmhouse

* includes Q&A

Contemporaries of The Clash and Sex Pistols and the godmothers of the musical movement known as

‘Punky Reggae’, the film tells the story of the young women pioneers of the mid-70’s Punk era from a

female point of view and runs from the inception of the group in 1976 to its end in 2010

(coinciding with the death of lead vocalist, Ari Up).

It includes interviews with Don Letts (former group manager and punk documentarian), Viv Albertine

(guitarist), Ari Up (vocalist), Palmolive (founder/first drummer), Tessa Pollitt (bassist), Bruce Smith

(second drummer), Hollie Cook (vocalist/keyboards/percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU Punk professor),

Dennis Bovell (producer of debut album ‘Cut’), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Gina Birch (The Raincoats),

Adrian Sherwood (producer and long-term friend and collaborator) and many more, as well as

previously unseen footage and band recordings.

‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is produced by Badgley via his company Molasses Manifesto

and Mark Vennis of Moviehouse Entertainment, while Pledge Music are working with the duo to bring a

DVD release of the film direct to the band’s loyal and, in many cases, long-time followers. It is the first

film project that Pledge have been involved with.

The DVD will be released on 11th May.

Film trailer :

Pledge campaign :


“An overlooked punk band get to tell their story. A fantastic documentary ****


“Joyously sends you back to those uniquely provocative old records all over again. 9 out of 10”


“Fizzes with excitement and proves a hearty celebration of their sheer magnificence and

lasting influence ****”


“A concise chronicle of their often overlooked sadly footage-lite HERstory, told by those that

were there, and it’s utterly brilliant. 9 out of 10”


“The archival footage is so arresting that the film zips along, and the interviewees offer

intelligent and fresh analysis, resulting in a generous portrait of a musically undervalued group”


“A compelling, at times emotional film that appears to everyone from those with punk leanings

to anyone interested in the history of modern music – not to be missed” 


“The film succeeds in its exploration of subculture, individuality and collective identity, from a

feminist perspective”


“A fascinating glimpse at a group that thrived on defiance and unorthodox execution”


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