Charli XCX is known for her raucous good-time party music and writing hit songs for artists like Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea, and James Blunt. But while touring and promoting last year’s album, Sucker, she also filmed a 42-minute documentary about feminism (“the real F word”) and being a woman in the music industry.
The doc’s called The F Word And Me and features behind-the-scenes footage from shows and interviews with artists like Ryn Weaver, MS MR’s Lizzy Plapinger, and Marina and the Diamonds. Throughout the 42 minutes, Charli aims to find out if feminism is actually affecting young women and the music industry. Have things changed, she asks?
“Girls are ruling the charts like never before, so it seems like a great time to be a woman in pop,” she says in the intro’s voiceover. “The F-word, that’s feminism, is everywhere. Young kids are being blasted with what feminism is. But is the male-dominated music industry really changing and why are our bodies under more scrutiny than ever before?”
Charli XCX, whose most recent album Sucker came out last year, tweeted about the film before it aired:
The doc aired on BBC3 Tuesday night and can be seen in full below.