Punk, Icons and Activist in Film

To celebrate the release of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist in cinemas from Friday, we take a look at the punks, icons and activists in our films.

Punk - The Punk Singer

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.


Icon - Whitney 'Can I Be Me'

Whitney Houston was the epitome of a superstar, an “American Princess”, the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognized as having one of the greatest voice of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’ tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.


Activist - Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

An activist who campaigned to stop ‘master builder’ Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city in mid-century New York. IThis film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda.