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
Our film begins with Slits bass player, Tessa Pollitt, now in her early 50’s, on her way home from work, walking through the neighbourhood of west London. As Tessa turns a corner she approaches her home, she enters and we see her quiet character begin to unfold as she sits down and picks up a worn and clearly loved scrapbook. Leafing through the worn pages of the scrapbook we see images of a life past… photos, newspapers clippings, the drawings of a young girl… and as she opens her mouth to speak we hear the thoughts and emotions of “The Quiet One”, now centre stage to tell the story of her dearest friends… as she takes us back to that same neighbourhood of west London in 1975. From here Tessa is our main guide to the piece’s narrative, telling the story of The Slits from their formation. Starting in seventies London, we are guided by Tessa and her scrapbook. Stories of her band-mates early days are told, from Ari Up’s formative days being influenced by a German aristocrat mother, and musical luminaries such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and John Lydon.
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