Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, the new documentary created by directors Celeste Bell and Paul Sng, delves deep into the life of the iconic punk pioneer Poly Styrene.
The film, which includes appearances from the likes of Neneh Cherry, Vivienne Westwood, Thurston Moore, Jonathan Ross and more, looks at the death of the X-Ray Spex frontwoman as her daughter traces Styrene’s life through her mother’s archives in what is an intimate tracing of history.
“Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band,” the official synopsis reads. “She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements.”
The synopsis continues: “Featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.”
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