The Punk Singer review

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Fronting riot grrrl instigators Bikini Kill and pop feminists Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna was an outspoken voice for women in ‘90s US punk’s macho moshpit.

It’s hugely moving, then, when Sini Anderson’s docu-portrait reveals her quieted by illness. Scuffed archive footage, talking heads and chats with Hanna and husband/Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, Anderson shows how Hanna inspired women and Nirvana alike.

Then she shows Hanna hit with Lyme disease, and it’s heartbreaking. When a comeback beckons, the audience’s adoration makes Anderson’s clear: Hanna’s fearless voice still commands attention.

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Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.