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The Punk Singer (2013)

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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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Kathleen Hanna ... Self
Tammy Rae Carland Tammy Rae Carland ... Self
Kathryn Wilcox Kathryn Wilcox ... Self (as Kathi Wilcox)
Tobi Vail Tobi Vail ... Self
Billy Karren Billy Karren ... Self (archive footage)
Becca Albee Becca Albee ... Self
Corin Tucker ... Self
Allison Wolfe Allison Wolfe ... Self (as Allison C. Wolfe)
Ann Powers Ann Powers ... Self - Music Critic
Lynn Breedlove Lynn Breedlove ... Self (as Lynnee Breedlove)
Sara Marcus Sara Marcus ... Self - Author of 'Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution'
Carrie Brownstein ... Self
Joan Jett ... Self
Kim Gordon ... Self
Jennifer Baumgardner Jennifer Baumgardner ... Self
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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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[last lines]
Kathleen Hanna: I don't give a shit what people think. I know what's real, I don't care if people don't think feminism is important, because I know it is. And I don't care if people don't think late stage Lyme disease exists, because I have it, and other people have it. And we help each other, and we know it exists. And other people can think what they want. My problem is when people get in the way of feminism. Or people get in the way of people who are sick, getting better, because they don't ...
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RIP
Written by Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Tobi Vail, Kathryn Wilcox (as Kathi Wilcox)
Performed by Bikini Kill
Courtesy of Bikini Kill Records
From the album "Reject All American"
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Much-needed documentary...not only about Kathleen Hanna, but of the indie-punk music scene in the early '90s
12 January 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Excellent documentary from director Sini Anderson on Bikini Kill/Le Tigre front woman Kathleen Hanna, who dropped out of the music biz in 2005 after contracting late-stage Lyme disease (but who kept her disappearance mysterious, hardly disclosing her illness to anyone). A rage-filled college girl from Olympia, Washington, Hanna was a rabid feminist with a troubled childhood whose jagged fanzine art and spoken word rants eclipsed into musical genius with her first band, Bikini Kill. Although not for the faint-of-heart, Bikini Kill (three females, one male) were instrumental in leading the Riot Grrrl movement of the early 1990s. Testimonials from Hanna's peers (including members of Bratmobile and Sleater-Kinney, Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth and Joan Jett, who produced Bikini Kill's most proficient EP) help fill in some of the personality gaps, yet when Anderson just allows Hanna to speak--and when the musician opens up, she's quite candid--the results are fascinating, most especially for fans. Also interesting: the potentially-explosive paradox of a young, hardcore feminist who finds true love (and eventually marriage) with a male kindred spirit, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys. *** from ****


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23 May 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$24,729, 1 December 2013

Gross USA:

$122,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,000
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