Louise Distras has released a short film, Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement.
The DIY film explores the themes behind Distras’ new single, “Aileen”, released on the 30th of September and her first new music since the release of her debut album, Dreams from the Factory Floor.
Says Distras of the film: “One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary Selling of a Serial Killer, which is about a 46 year old lady named Aileen Wuornos, who killed seven men between 1989 and 1990. She was convicted, sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection in 2002. The media dubbed her ‘America’s first female serial killer’ but through much of her life, Aileen maintained that she killed these men in self defense as they raped or attempted to rape and murder her whilst she was working as a prostitute.”
“Whether Aileen was a serial killer or a feminist icon isn’t for me to say,” Distras continues, “but one thing I do know is that as someone who spent their entire life as an outsider and also a survivor, Aileen’s story hit me very hard in a very personal way.
“We live in a world where women are silenced and blamed for being attacked. We live in a world where women are sent to prison for defending themselves against their attackers. We live in a world which simultaneously ignores allegations of rape made against powerful men in the public eye.
“We should not have to live this way, and these men must be held accountable. This culture of normalised violence against women needs to be addressed time and time again until something changes. I feel that in order to do that we need to break the silence and stigma associated with our own experiences to show other survivors that they are not alone.”
Distras concludes: “On my last US tour I was lucky enough to meet two incredible artists and activists who changed my world forever. Vega and Sidney, alongside my producer Steve, inspired me to create Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement. Through sharing our stories we hope to amplify the voices of other survivors and empower people to be creative and start their own revolution. This film is dedicated to one billion women worldwide.”
You can watch Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement via the stream below.
“Aileen” is availble now via iTunes.
Catch Louise Distras live on the following dates:
05th Oct: Birmingham, The Rainbow
06th Oct: Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
07th Oct: Derby, The Maypole
08th Oct: Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10th Oct: Norwich, Owl Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11th Oct: Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12th Oct: 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13th Oct: Dundee, The Vestry
14th Oct: Glasgow, Audio
15th Oct: Edinburgh, Bannerman’s
16th Oct: Nottingham, Foreman’s w/ TV Smith
21st Oct: Leeds, Verve
19th Nov: Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21st Nov: Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22nd Nov: Bonn, Kult 4 (Germany)
23rd Nov: Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
27th Nov: Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29th Nov: Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)