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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
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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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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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Kathleen Hanna: I just think there's this certain assumption that when a man tells the truth, it's the truth. And when, as a woman, I go to tell the truth, I feel like I have to negotiate the way I'll be perceived. Like I feel like there's always the suspicion around a woman's truth. The idea that you're exaggerating.
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Soundtracks

Interlude
Written by Kathleen Hanna
Performed by Kathleen Hanna
[From the album "Julie Ruin"]
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A must see for lovers of Northwest music
11 December 2013 | by willimarSee all my reviews

I saw this movie after reading the siff website and went to check it out. In my opinion it is a well-made biographical documentary that outlines the Northwest music scene. It taught my friend why it "smells like teen spirit" and it taught me what a feminist band is. I was interested in seeing the feminist movement that grew out of Olympia, Washington. The movie is youthful and tragic. It is easy to sympathize with the characters.

Though I was not familiar with anything regarding Kathleen Hanna's life before seeing the movie, there is for sure a charisma that radiates from Kathleen that is well depicted in the film. But I am not one to judge whether it is a factually accurate documentary. It shows her entire life from early to late years and I was especially intrigued to see her reflect upon her youth.


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