Nothing made last night’s documentary Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock’n’Roll Front Line’s point about sexism in the music industry as much as realising how strange it was to see the women interviewed by presenter Kate Mossman play guitar. Older women, most of them – from Carol Kaye, bassist on more than 10,000 recording sessions with everyone who was anyone from 1957 onwards, and June Millington of Fanny (look, it was an American band, ’kay?), to Lita Ford of the Runaways – which only added an extra layer of strangeness that spoke to an even wider sexism and threw in a dose of ageism awareness, too.
Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit.
After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Have you watched Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line yet? What did you think about it?