Lucy Thane

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Lucy Thane (born 1967) is a British documentary filmmaker, event producer and performer, living in Folkestone.[1][2] Her films include It Changed My Life: Bikini Kill in the UK (1993) and She's Real (Worse than Queer) (1997).

Early life and education[edit]

Thane was born in north London.[3] She studied history at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, then studied for a master's degree in film at the Northern Media School in Sheffield.[2]

Life and work[edit]

From 1994 to 1998 she lived in San Francisco, where she worked as a curator and editor at Artists' Television Access and taught at the Academy of Art College.[2][4] She returned to London in 1998.[2]

For It Changed My Life: Bikini Kill in the UK (1993) she followed the 1990s riot grrrl band Bikini Kill while they were on tour in the UK with Huggy Bear.[4][1][5][6] The film includes contributions from other UK queer and feminist bands of the time: the Raincoats, Skinned Teen and Sister George.[1][7] It premiered in 1993 at the Kitchen in New York City.[4] "Thane's complete footage has been digitized and is held at the Fales Library & Special Collections as part of the Fales Riot Grrrl Collection" at New York University.[8] Thane's footage was used in the documentary film The Punk Singer (2013) by Sini Anderson.[9][10]

She's Real (Worse than Queer) (1997)[4][5][11] is a document of the riot grrrl and queercore scene in the 1990s. The film has been screened at film festivals, written about in academic books[12] and included in the curriculum of a number of university courses.[13][14] The film includes interviews with musicians, film directors and zine makers such as Phranc, Lynn Breedlove, Leslie Mah, Radio Sloan, Rachel Carns, G.B. Jones, Donna Dresch and Jody Bleyle, who discusses her independent label Candy Ass Records and the release of the double album compilation Free To Fight. The film also includes excerpts from the films The Yo-Yo Gang by G.B. Jones and Lady Outlaws and Faggot Wannabes by Tammy Rae Carland as well as live performances by the bands CeeBee Barns Band, Cheesecake, Cypher In The Snow, Fifth Column, Sister George, Sta-Prest, Team Dresch, Third Sex, and Tribe 8.


  • It Changed My Life: Bikini Kill in the U.K. (1993) – 25 mins[15]
  • She's Real (Worse than Queer) (1997)[16]
  • As Is Your Due (1999)
  • Breaking the Boundaries (2001)
  • The Experimental Playground (2004)
  • The Pool of London (2006)
  • Creatures (2007)
  • Laga Beach (2010)
  • Playa Shows Me the Way Home


  1. ^ a b c "Featured Work: Bikini Kill in the UK: It Changed My Life (1993, Lucy Thane)". Cinenova. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bio". Lucy Thane. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Guide to the Lucy Thane Riot Grrrl Collectionca. 1993-1995 MSS.287". New York University Digital Library. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Someone Said Rebel Boy: Lucy Thane & Bikini Kill in the UK". Impose. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Spectacle's 'Grrrl Germs' Film Series Captures the Agony, Ecstasy, and Diversity of Riot Grrrl". The Village Voice. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  6. ^ Davis, Petra (28 January 2013). "Black Sky Thinking - Riot Grrrl: A 20 Year Retrospective By Petra Davis". The Quietus. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Reviews: Bikini Kill". The Quietus. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Adding Context: The Lucy Thane Riot Grrrl Videos – The Back Table". Archives and Special Collections at New York University. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  9. ^ Miller, Jenni (26 November 2013). "Director's Cut: Sini Anderson on 'The Punk Singer'". MTV (Interview). Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  10. ^ Hardwick, Dakin (5 December 2013). "Spinning Platters Interview: Director Sini Anderson of "The Punk Singer"". (Interview). Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  11. ^ Frameline Film Festival 1998 catalog. Frameline Film Festival. Archived 2007-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Kearney, Mary Celeste (2006). Girls Make Media. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-97278-7.
  13. ^ Console-ing Passions Abstracts from Tulane University. Tulane University. Archived 2007-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Syllabus from University of Kansas Women's Studies course. University of Kansas. Archived 2 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Buy cinema tickets for The Punk Singer". BFI. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  16. ^ "She's Real Worse than Queer (1997)". BFI. Archived from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 11 November 2020.

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