A film about the enigmatic lead singer of the infamous X-Ray Spex; Poly Styrene has been announced. Titled Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché still needs funding to find it’s official home on our screens but the film will tackle a lot of Poly’s personal issues as well as the walls she faced as a black female in a punk world.
Perhaps not as well regarded in her time as she is now seen, a true trailblazer Poly Styrene died in 2011 following a battle with cancer. The film will be narrated by her daughter Celeste Ball. We strongly suggest you help fund the film as we have via IndieGoGo
The campaign had this to say “We tried to think of perks that Poly would have loved; in keeping with her identity as a champion of individuality and freedom of expression, we are offering a range of unique limited edition rewards including, t-shirts designed by Celeste Bell (Poly’s daughter), tote bags, theatrical posters, mugs and a special one-off limited edition postcard.”
Below is the funding trailer.
If you wanted further guarantee of just how important a figure Poly Styrene was in the summer of ‘76 The here is Morrissey and John Lydon speaking about her and her band.
“[Poly Styrene] made an enormous contribution to British art and sound – at a desperate time when so many of us needed her,” – Morrissey
“X-Ray Spex came out with a sound and attitude and a whole energy – it was just not relating to anything around it – superb.” – John Lydon