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Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel


Drug addiction is one of the main themes of this documentary. After all, Patty Schemel’s career as a drummer and drug user began at the fragile early age of eleven, when she was given her first drum kit, closely followed by her first alcoholic drink at twelve. She speaks about her struggles with addiction so nonchalantly but there is always the tortured reminder that Patty almost did not survive and it is because of pure chance that she lives to tell her tale in this documentary.


This isn’t just a drug story, the film also shows us footage of the precious family moments of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and their daughter Frances Bean. It also traces the history of her band with Courtney Love, ‘Hole’ with exclusive behind the scenes footage, interviews and the devastating story of bassist, Kristen Pfaff”s tragic death. Patty’s mother also gives valuable insight and wisdom into Patty’s teen years as a young lesbian struggling to belong in a small town full of bigotry and prejudice.


See Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel at Sydney Underground Film Festival this weekend. Hurry, tickets are selling fast! You can buy them for $10-14…here.

Trivia: One of Patty’s first bands ‘Doll Squad’ played with Nirvana in Seattle where supposedly Patty Schemel was poached by Kurt Cobain to be in his band. That is until she became second choice on the discovery of Dave Grohl. Courtney Love then recruited Patty as drummer for her new band, to be called ‘Hole

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