FANNY: The Right to Rock


Director: Bobbi Jo Hart
2021 | Canada | 92m
GENRE: Asian American | Biography/History | Bisexual | Gender | Lesbian | Music/Music Videos | Pacific Islander | Racism
SECTION: Closed Captioned | Documentary Features | Premieres | Streaming



With their long, wild hair now streaked with gray, if not outright white, the women of Fanny still know how to rock. The band—comprised at various times of musically self-taught sisters June and Jean Millington, Brie Howard Darling, Nickey Barclay, Alice de Buhr, and Patti Quatro—kicked down the door for the likes of The Runaways and The Go-Go’s by being the first all-woman rock band to release an album with a major record company in the ’70s.

Despite being dubbed “one of the most important female bands in American rock” by David Bowie in Rolling Stone, Fanny’s formative legacy has been largely overlooked in music history. Interspersed with archival performance footage and interviews with rock ’n’ roll legends like Bonnie Raitt, Kate Pierson of The B-52’s, Todd Rundgren, and The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, this loving portrait from director Bobbi Jo Hart ( Rebels on Pointe, Frameline41) follows the band members as they try to make their mark again after 45 years, while chronicling their trailblazing rise and unfortunate plateau mired by sexism, racism, and homophobia.


FANNY: The Right to Rock is a recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund Grant.

Buying Note: This is a digital screening. For tickets to the in-person screening at the West Wind Solano Drive-In, please click here. This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 8:00pm PDT Fri, Jun 25. Be sure to also check out the related Frameline Talk " Women in Rock."

Tomorrow Partners

Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

California Humanities, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, The Curve Foundation

  • Premiere Status: International