Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliche

Trailer Review

May 28

IRIS (women+film)

 X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene—a legendary boundary smasher as a woman of color in the world of punk—inspired the music of Sonic Youth, the fashion of Vivienne Westwood and the career choices of Cathleen Hanna. But her daughter Celeste had a far more complex relationship to Poly. Celeste opens her mom’s lost archive and travels the world to rediscover this essential artist, in a film by Bell and Paul Sng, featuring Oscar nominee Ruth Negga as the voice of Poly Styrene. Winner, Best Doc, British Independent Film Awards. (U.K., 2021, 134m)

“9/10 rating … as compelling, mysterious, moving and inspiring as Poly’s own pop art.” –Uncut