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The Slits are raising money for their first documentary

Britain's riot grrrl godmothers need your help to finish ‘Hear to be Heard’

The godmothers of riot grrrl, The Slits, are about to get their first documentary and they need you to fund it. The band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the last touches on Hear to be Heard: The Story of The Slits.

Not only did The Slits change the punk scene forever by integrating reggae, they also went against all expectations of women. As frontwoman Ari Up told Dazed in 2009, the band threatened society just by doing their own thing (or as she put it, "I was stabbed in the street, just for looking the way I did").

But even though the band is one of UK’s most influential punk bands of all time, not a single documentary has been made about them – unlike their contemporaries, like the Sex Pistols.

Before Up passed away from cancer in 2010, she and Jennifer Shagawat, the band’s tour manager and friend, began to work on a film that would document the band. When Up died, the film was still in pieces and Shagawat decided that she couldn’t finish the film herself. According to the Kickstarter campaign, she contacted her longtime friend and producer William E Badgley and the two of them started working on “making Ari’s visions a reality”. 

Hear to be Heard: The Story of The Slits features videos and music that never been shared before as well as interviews with all band members from The Slits, Paul Cook from Sex Pistols, and Siouxie and the Banshees among others. 

The documentary is in its finishing stages but the filmmakers need to raise the last bit of cash ($30,000) in order to complete the final editing touches and licensing. Backers are being offered T-shirts, a signed copy of the book Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits, signed drumsticks and even an executive producer credit.

So, if you forever want to be a part of the story about The Slits visit their Kickstarter campaign.