Punk lives with Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliche, a revealing documentary about the iconic X-Ray Spex front-woman.
When Poly Styrene passed in 2011, her daughter Celeste Ball felt moved to revisit the life and work of her punk legend mother. Drawing from previously-unseen archival material and entries from Styrene’s diary, the film uncovers new facets of not only her artistic output but her struggles with racism, misogny, and mental illness as well. Through examination of these and other materials, the film helps form a clearer picture of Styrene as both an artist and a mother.
Also featuring interviews with Vivienne Westwood, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliche is an intimate portrayal of one of punk’s most transgressive voices.
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“An exuberant, percipient, bitter-sweet muso-bio…flashy and fabulously edited, it is an ultimately sad tale about a spirited soul.” – Jim Schembri, jimschembri.com
“The film breaks Poly’s story from the shackles of her punk contemporaries. It is an essential music documentary crafted with warmth and wit…” – Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage
“Above all else this is a love-letter to the woman behind Poly Styrene as much as it is to the ground-breaking punk pioneer herself.” – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ Women on Film