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Kate Nash's documentary about how toxic it can be as a young woman in the music industry has landed on BBC and we can't get enough of it

Your summer viewing just stepped up a notch.

25 Jun 2019

Say goodbye to your rainy day woes because Kate Nash's documentary has landed on BBC Three and it's absolutely brilliant. Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl explores the British singer-songwriter's struggles after she was ditched by her record label.

As part of the Storyville Strand on BBC Three, the documentary provide an intimate insight into the music artist's life over several years as she self-funds her third album, organises a world tour and relocates to Los Angeles in hope of bigger opportunities.

“This is a matter of life and death to me because making music keeps me alive and being in the music industry has almost killed me,” concludes Kate at the start of the feature-length documentary. Through a combination of archive and present day footage, Underestimate The Girl tells the story of an artist trying to take back control of her career.

In the official trailer, Kate discusses her experience of being a female artist in the music industry and how toxic it can be as a young woman. "I'm not going to sweeten it for anyone" she says. "It really sucks".

Kate rose to prominence at 19 with her hit single, Foundations, and enjoyed enormous commercial success with her debut album, Made of Bricks. Several albums and a 2008 Brit Award later, she decided to take her second album in a different direction and was consequently dumped by her record label by text. Essentially, this is her f*ck you moment as she manages to come out on top.

In today's society where we are so often paralysed by our fears, this powerful documentary is a reminder to all young women that we CAN create and live our lives on our own terms - and I think we could all do with being reminded of that every now and then.