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Sisters with Transistors (PG)

Cinema On Demand

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This documentary tells the untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, remarkable composers who transformed how we produce and listen to music today.

Think of early electronic music and you’ll likely see men pushing buttons, knobs, and boundaries. While electronic music is often perceived as a boys club, the truth is from the beginning women have been integral in inventing the devices, techniques and tropes that would define the shape of sound for years to come.

With recent protests calling for greater recognition of women’s achievements, the world of music is no exception.

With the wider social, political and cultural context of the 20th century as our backdrop, this archival documentary reveals a unique emancipation struggle, restoring the central role of women in the history of music.

UK 2020 Dir Lisa Rovner 82 min

Barbican Cinema has been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England which is administered by the BFI, as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund supporting arts and cultural organisations in England affected by the impact of Covid-19. #HereForCulture.

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ScreenTalk: Sisters with Transistors

Check out our ScreenTalk from Wed 28 Apr, where Sisters with Transistors director Lisa Rovner and producer/engineer Marta Salogni discuss the film and the role of women in music. Hosted by executive editor of VICE UK, Zing Tsjeng

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