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Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits

The hitherto overlooked story of one of British music’s most influential and game-changing bands.

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Dir William Badgley
Prod Mark Vennis, William Badgley
With Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt, Paloma McLardy
Sales Moviehouse Entertainment

A riveting film about the world’s first all-girl punk band, who formed in London in 1976. Contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Slits are the pioneering godmothers of punk. Fronted by the irrepressible and iconoclastic Ari Up, the band has inspired generations of artists, from Sonic Youth to Sleater Kinney. They also defined a musical movement known as ‘Punky Reggae’, which saw outsider tribes of punks and Rastafari come together. Drawing on stunning personal archives and including interviews with key surviving band members Tessa Pollitt, Viv Albertine and original drummer Paloma McLardy (aka Palmolive), Here to be Heard tells the story of a group that literally changed the cultural landscape of Britain in the patriarchal 1970s with their furious feminist battle cry.

Stuart Brown

On Saturday 14 October we are hosting a Here to Be Heard DJ Night celebrating the legacy of The Slits, with DJs Sadie Lee and Jonathan Kemp plus a special DJ set by Tessa Pollitt, bassist from The Slits.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • William Badgley, Director; Palmolive, Cast; Tessa Pollitt, Cast

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.


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