FANNY: The Right to Rock
September 16 – 26, 2021
Due to Covid19 Lockdown Available for
Includes post-screening panel discussion
Co-presented by Groovescooter for
Queer Screen Film Festival
Watch Trailer below
Dir: Bobbi Jo Hart
Dur: 96 mins
Alice de Buhr
Kate Pierson (B52s)
Their cult status as the first all-female band to release an album on a major label while collecting fans (and lovers) like David Bowie, has nonetheless seen FANNY almost erased from mainstream music history. Sound like a familiar story? Yes, but it wasn’t just because they were women. As a Filipina American band with queer members, Fanny came up against more than sexism. Living in their own feminist commune-like house in California (where they rehearsed and also jammed with or entertained everyone from Cocker to Dylan) Fanny’s musicianship and determination broke them free from shackles and impressed many in the sixties, seventies and beyond. As they reform to record again and tour (adding ageism and ableism to a list of crap to face head-on) this film rewrites history into herstory with admirers like Kate Pierson (The B52s), Earl Slick (David Bowie’s guitarist) and Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s) on board to flesh out the story.
To make the Australian Premieres in Sydney a little more special, Groovescooter have assembled a post-screening panel of local women including Liz Martin, Helen Carter (Do-Re-Mi) and DJ Charlie Villas to discuss all the things that matter regarding women in music. Due to current Covid 19 restrictions this will be presented via streaming and available Australia-wide.