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Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits

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Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits

Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary, Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο / United Kingdom, 2017, 86′ DCP, Έγχρ. / Color, Με ήχο / Sound Αγγλικά / English Σκηνοθεσία / Direction William E. Badgley Μοντάζ / Editing William E. Badgley Ήχος / Sound Patrick Janssen Μουσική / Music Ben von Wildenhaus, The Slits Παραγωγός / Producer Mark Vennis, William E. Badgley Παραγωγή / Production Moviehouse Entertainment Προέλευση ταινίας / Film Source Moviehouse Entertainment

Here to Be Heard tells the story of The Slits, the world’s first all girl punk rock group from their original formation during the pioneering days of punk rock in mid ’70s London, through their individual stories of struggle, to the reformation of the band in 2005… a time period that ends in 2010 when singer Ari Up died of cancer while trying to make this film. This story, a mix of archival footage, never before seen images, and interviews with the Slits along with punk rock royalty, extraordinary producers, scholars and those influenced by The Slits, can be best described by a quote from Ari Up herself: “I’m not here to be loved, I’m here to be heard.”

William E. Badgley

William E. Badgley made documentaries for network television before starting to make his own films. He is owner of The Documentary Center, a production office, and Molas- ses Manifesto, a production company and record label.

Introduction by music critic Markos Fragkos


The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.