The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer
  • 2013
  • USA
  • 1h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sini Anderson
  • Cast: Kathleen Hanna, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, Adam Horowitz
  • UK release: 23 May 2014

Documentary on former Bikini Kill singer and punktivist extraordinaire Kathleen Hanna, chronicling her struggle against a late diagnosis of Lyme disease. Fellow musicians such as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon help tell Hanna's story, and although it misses her recent return to touring, it's an inspiring account of a charismatic musician.

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The Punk Singer

19 Mar 20144 stars

Inspiring look at the Bikini Kill riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna

Whatever happened to Kathleen Hanna? That's the basic thrust of Sini Anderson's accomplished debut feature-length documentary chronicling the life of the explosively inspiring former singer with punk rock bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre and leader of the…

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