HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS (15) – 2017 UK 86 min, plus live Q&A

Note 7.00 pm start

Director: William E. Badgley
Features: Viv Albertine, Ari Up, Tessa Pollitt, Palmolive, Don Letts

image from filmThe Slits were a groundbreaking London all-girl band that emerged during the punk explosion of 1976. Their attitude and notoriety meant they were soon touring with The Clash and attracting national press interest. Musically far more adventurous than most of their peers, they pioneered ‘Punky Reggae’ and embraced elements of world music.

image from filmWith press cuttings, photos and previously unseen footage, this illuminating documentary covers the band’s two eras: 1976 to 1981, and 2005 to 2010, when singer Ari Up sadly passed away. There are interviews with key members and several others – including former manager Don Letts; album producer Dennis Bovell; and Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.image from film
Ari Up began making a Slits film with Jennifer Shagawat, who was the band’s tour manager from 2006. Jennifer contacted her friend William Badgley (USA-based writer/director/producer of rock documentary Kill All Redneck Pricks) in 2012, seeking help to complete the project. Despite enormous challenges, his commitment to a labour of love means the extraordinary story of an influential and inspirational band can now be told, offering a rare female inside view of punk.


We’re delighted that the screening will be followed by a live Q&A with William Badgley (over from Bellingham, Washington) and Slits bass player Tessa Pollitt.
This will be chaired by Mark Williams, director of VHS Forever? Psychotronic People and a recent series of Smash It Up punk interviews.

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Plus a BRIT School Showcase film, screened in partnership with the School’s Film & Media Production department.
For this film we are showing For King and Country (2.59 mins), directed by George O’Regan.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 29 March 2018

Show starts at 7.00 pm, ticket prices £8.50 & £7.00 (concessions).
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Latest News – 25 March 2018

On 27 March 2014, the David Lean Cinema Campaign re-opened the cinema with the punk documentary Basically Johnny Moped. Almost four years on to the day, we’re delighted to present another special event featuring HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS – the ground-breaking all-girl punk band formed in 1976. The David Lean is one of the first venues to show this new documentary on its nationwide tour, and will be hosting a Q&A with director William Badgley and the group’s bass guitarist, Tessa Pollitt.
It’s a full house for this prestigious screening on Thursday, but we’d like to thank all our patrons for their support over the past four years and hope that you’ll continue to enjoy the films we present in future. Thanks are also due to Croydon Council, the David Lean Foundation, and our many volunteers without whom we simply wouldn’t exist!
Please note that with the early start of the film at 19:00, the Arts Bar will be open from 18:00, with music from The Slits enhancing the mood…… Read More.