SHE SAID BOOM: THE STORY OF FIFTH COLUMN (Kevin Hegge, Canada). 64 minutes. Rating: NNNN
Kevin Hegge's near-hagiographic doc about the local founders of the queercore music movement revives the spirit of the 1980s queer art scene in ways that will make you giddy.
Subversive all-female outfit Fifth Column - including GB Jones, Caroline Azar and Beverley Breckenridge, all interviewed here alongside other collaborators and scene-makers - challenged art conventions, gender roles and punk's homophobia while embracing multimedia strategies and the teen music sensibility punk loathed.
Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kills and Le Tigre wonders why Fifth Column never got credit for helping birth the riot girrl movement. Truth is, Fifth Column had some self-destructive habits, not the least of them their tendency to fight with each other incessantly.
But, claims Hegge, all that conflict may have been the fuel for their creativity.
A cool trip down memory lane.
Apr 27, 7:15 pm, Royal Cinema; May 1, 9 pm, Cumberland 2; May 4, 7 pm, Fox Theatre.