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Re: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 04:36:06 PM »
U.K. THEATRICAL RELEASE MARCH/APRIL 2018

For dates, look here:
http://www.slitsdoc.com/schedule.html

http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/slits-documentary-to-be-screened-in-uk-cinemas/
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First screened at last year’s London Film Festival, ‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ will be shown in cinemas around the UK in March and April this year. It will be released on DVD shortly afterwards.
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Re: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 04:26:35 PM »
https://crackmagazine.net/article/long-reads/update-tessa-pollitt/
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What can you reveal about Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits?

It has been a labour of love on a shoestring budget. We relied on unique archive super 8 footage from the infamous Don Letts who filmed everything from 1976 onwards. Bill [director William E. Badgley] has worked tirelessly for five years – he told me at one point it was like “wrestling bears”. I totally got it; there have been battles along the way, but we defeated them. Initially, our US tour manager [six-week reformation tour 2006] and friend Jennifer Shagawhat [producer] upon Ari Up’s request filmed us using DV cassettes. It was Ari’s wish to film everything. We could not predict that Ari would come to her untimely death five years later. Jennifer and I could not rest until we completed this doc. The film is honest, brutal and full of raw emotion.

Why does now feel the right time to release the film?

We were not given the credibility back in the day, constantly receiving negative reviews. Now perhaps in hindsight, people may finally recognise the influence we have had on future female artists, although to me it seems a more commercial, watered down version.

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Re: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 01:33:18 PM »
https://retroman65.blogspot.de/2018/04/here-to-be-heard-story-of-slits.html
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We recently attended a screening of Here To Be Heard, an excellent new documentary movie about The Slits at the historic Regent Street Cinema in central London. This was followed by a lively Q&A session with Slits’ bassist Tessa Pollitt, the movie’s Director William E. Badgley and The Slits manager Christine Robertson. “Here To be Heard” is packed full of exciting live footage of the band in all their shocking and colourful glory and it’s easy to understand what an impact and sense of danger they must have exuded in their early days. Throughout the film, the main voice of The Slits comes from Tessa and the story unfolds from the pages of her scrapbook. She’s wearing gloves to protect the book, almost like some sort of Punk Rock historian in a museum archive and as she carefully flicks through the well-thumbed pages there are fascinating glimpses of old music press cuttings, reviews and photos. ...
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Re: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2018, 08:36:23 AM »
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8390319/the-slits-documentary-interview
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Pollitt tells Billboard that it’s a huge relief for her that the band’s story has now been seen and heard through this film. “The respect is well overdue,” she says, “and finally we can feel some sense of peace for the hardships and struggles we all went through both as a group and individually. It does make me more appreciative of the band’s legacy.”
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Re: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2018, 05:49:01 PM »
https://theartsdesk.com/film/dvd-here-be-heard-story-slits
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What comes across again and again is how The Slits were not taken seriously, due to their gender, and treated in a shoddy and often bizarre manner. It just seems strange in the 21st century that the bus driver on The Clash’s White Riot Tour was so completely freaked out by these non-submissive women that Ari Up was forbidden from speaking or leaving her seat. The Slits, of course, reacted to this, dressing unlike any woman then and eventually locating their own, hugely influential reggae/roots post-punk sound. That they were fronted by a gobby, dreadlocked teenage iconoclast makes the whole thing all the more riveting.

Betrayed by their record label, Island, the band eventually fizzled out, but not before involving a young Neneh Cherry in their activities. At their end, they seem visionary, so far ahead of the game, yet completely ignored, presumably, in favour of tripe such as Kajagoogoo and their ilk. It’s a depressing turn of events but Badgley sensibly doesn’t leave it there. He gives us their resurrection (sans Albertine) from 2005 onwards. The film’s executive producer Jennifer Shagawat was The Slits Mk2’s tour manager and filmed their antics. A 40-something Ari Up pissing in a public flowerbed shows she hadn’t mellowed much. These are joyful times, a celebration of a career that never was, but, of course, the shadow of Ari Up’s eventual illness and death concludes the film on a tragic note. It is especially harsh as it’s clear she was enraged by the end thrust upon her.

There’s an ongoing deluge of music docs, their quality variable, their fan audience ever-ready. Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits is not one of those cheap’n’cheerful fan-only affairs. It was put together on a budget but that doesn’t show much too much. It’s tight and gripping, relating a story that’s vital yet underheard. The Deluxe UK Edition contains the following extras: Storytime with Tess (seconds-long micro-snippets of Pollitt with her scrapbook); archive footage from 1976-80; blurry film of a 1981 photo shoot; and, best of all, a live-in-the-US sound recording of “Earthbeat”, cut with filmed footage. It was the opening song from their Afro-flavoured second album Return of the Giant Slits and it sounds like the starting point for so many alternative bands of the decades since, from early On-U Sound to Warpaint to multitudes more.
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Re: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2018, 05:55:25 PM »
This was on the Sky Arts channel last night so I'm downloading it for near-future perusal
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