United States 2018, 95 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
They told her girls didn’t play rock ‘n’ roll, but Joan Jett didn’t care. At 17 she started the all-female rock band The Runaways, became a sensation in Europe and Japan and later soared to the top of the US charts with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
Jett, an electrifying guitarist, was a fiery feminist icon during the ‘70s. The critics called her a “time traveler” because her music—like David Bowie’s—was always ahead of its time. The years have done nothing to dim Jett’s sexual charisma and strong ideological appeal. In a film packed with bits of her shows, old and new, she declares: “I don’t give a damn about my bad reputation”.
Production: Peter Afterman, Carianne Brinkman
Script & Editing: Joel Marcus
Soundtrack: Margaret Yen
Music: Jacques Brautbar
One of a handful of filmmakers responsible for forging the visual identity of the MTV generation, Kerslake cut his teeth directing music videos for Nirvana, Green Day, R.E.M., Prince, Joan Jett, STP, the Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid, Rise Against, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others. Bad Reputation joins a critically-acclaimed body of work that includes core culture and music docs (As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, The Ramones: We’re Outta Here!, Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!, The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, and Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend Remixed).