Rock queen Suzi Quatro, although born in Detroit and based in the UK, has found her greatest, most consistent success, in Australia. It seems therefore fitting that an Australian-based director, Liam Firmager, should produce this bio-documentary.
This first woman to front a rock band, Suzi Quatro also chose the less popular instrument in the bass guitar. Many of us of a certain generation grew up with the image of the diminutive woman, clad in leather, holding an enormous bass and belting out Can the Can.
Archival footage litters the work, adding depth and contrast, along with retro-inspired shots, and clips from TV shows, concerts and recording sessions.
Suzi Quatro is not really given the kudos she deserves for having blazed a trail for other female performers. One of the remits of this film is to redress that and put her in her rightful place in the Pantheon.
Like any good documentary this movie is of interest to a broader audience that just her fan-base. Anyone with an interest in music history, popular culture or feminism, will find a lot to love and be fascinated by in this tightly put-together piece of cinema.
Suzi Q is released on November 20th .