Stories from the She Punks + Q&A with Gina Birch
Loud, fearless and (un)typical girls: Gina Birch (The Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (The Chefs), musicians and punk icons turned directors, serve up a fascinating documentary built on new interviews with the women who played instruments in punk bands in the 1970s. In accounts laced with wit, honesty and insight, pioneering players including the Adverts’ Gaye Black (bass), Palmolive from The Slits (drums), Shanne Bradley from The Nips (bass), Jane Munro from The Au Pairs (bass), Hester Smith and Rachel Bor from Dolly Mixture (drums and guitar), bassist Gina and guitarist Ana Da Silva from The Raincoats, as well as many others, we hear about acquiring instruments, learning to play, forming bands and getting gigs.
STORIES FROM SHE PUNKS will be preceded by two shorts by Gina Birch.
FEMINIST SONG (2010)
Gina: “This short film is based around a song I wrote in 2010 about protest, anger and love, and is a collage of relevant bits of my work. The footage is mostly Super 8.”
IN LOVE (2018)
Gina: “I recently found some very old unexposed Super 8 footage and decided to make another time-based piece. I used a tiny section of this footage and intercut it with Super 8 footage of The Raincoats performing in 1977 and 1978 in Poland and London.”
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