Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits (2017)
March 19, 2021 2:34 PM - Subscribe

"The tale of the formation, journey and end of the seminal Punk/Reggae band The Slits." - IMDB
posted by The corpse in the library (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I loved the old footage of them and their friends from the 1970s -- how amazing that they had that.

The structure of Tessa going through her scrapbook worked for me; it was basically chronological, which I've realized I really need for a good rockumentary. Someone should publish that scrapbook as a photo book.

Ari an very odd person and I feel she didn't get explained well. Maybe that was impossible to do.

I had no idea Neneh Cherry had been in The Slits, and I was working at an independent record store when "Buffalo Stance" came out. How did I miss this? (I love when a rockumetary has me going "What? So-and-so was in that band?!?")

I've never liked their music, unfortunately, and this didn't change it. Ah well. It was still an enjoyable, perfectly good film.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:42 PM on March 19, 2021

This is far more a documentary about Ari Up and even there it kind of fails. But I've read Viv Albertine's first book and so I already knew a lot of this but I still wanted more depth and insight.

I forget the entirety of the circumstances now but I saw this and there was a Q&A with the director after. I guess the person who had all of Ari's footage wanted to do something with it but didn't feel qualified. The director was a friend (or a friend of a friend?) and wasn't really even a fan of The Slits. He seemed like an odd choice and I think it showed he really didn't bring a voice or perspective to this story.

I think there's a good doc about The Slits to be made. This just isn't it.
posted by edencosmic at 3:08 PM on March 19, 2021 [1 favorite]

Ah, that helps put it in context. I was surprised it was made by a man, because it’s so important to their story that they’re women.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:05 PM on March 19, 2021

Maybe I should wait for a documentary on The Raincoats? This is one that I'd like to see, but it sounds to you all like it doesn't touch the right bases.
posted by not_on_display at 8:46 PM on April 11, 2021

It's not perfect but few rockumentaries are; I say watch it, if you have the spare time.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:01 PM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

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