From director Kevin Kerslake (Bob Marley Legend Remixed, As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM and Nirvana’s Come As You Are music video) comes a celebration of Joan Jett, the Godmother of Punk Rock.
BAD REPUTATION is an electrifying documentary about how a strong-willed musician became a cultural icon and a trailblazer for women in the arts and the world over. The film will be coming to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 26 October 2018 and will have its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 12 and 13 October.
Featuring interviews with Adam Horovitz, Alison Mosshart, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Debbie Harry, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), Iggy Pop, Kathleen Hanna, Kristen Stewart, Michael J. Fox, Michelle Cho, Miley Cyrus and laced with thrilling archival footage, BAD REPUTATION offers a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene and the rocky road to rock stardom decades on.
Jett became mega-famous from the number-one hit ‘I Love Rock n Roll’ but that’s only part of the story. That fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV, world tours and countless further hits including ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’ - but that staple of popularity cannot properly define a musician.
Jett put her hard work in long before, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, starting her record label out of the trunk of a car after being rejected by 23 producers, and influencing many musicians — both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands — with her no-bullshit style.
BAD REPUTATION is directed by Kevin Kerslake, the legendary music video director turned acclaimed documentary maker behind Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’, REM’s ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite’, and Green Day’s ‘Brain Stew/Jaded’. Among his other documentaries are BOB MARLEY LEGEND REMIXED (2013) and AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM (2015).
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