A new documentary film about Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, aka Poly Styrene titled ‘Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché’ is currently in development.
Written by Zoë Howe, directed by Paul Sng and narrated and produced by Poly's daughter Celeste Bell, the feature length documentary aims to combine original interviews, new research and previously unseen archive material to celebrate the story of the punk icon.
The film will also incorporate her struggles with misogyny, racism and mental health issues as well as focussing on her sharp-as-a-tack songwriting, her legendary anti-consumerist stance and her more reflective years as part of the hare Krishna movement.
All underscored by Poly's music from throughout her career.
Fund-raising continues via IndieGoGo, with a cinema date set for November 2018. In celebration, the site will be auctioning rare X-Ray Spex posters, vinyl & memorabilia in the final week of the campaign. Find out more here.
"This film will be a celebration of the life and work of my mother, an artist who deserves to be recognised as one of the greatest frontwomen of all time; a little girl with a big voice whose words are more relevant than ever.”
Celeste Bell, Narrator, Executive Producer & Daughter
"Poly Styrene remains one of the most original and dynamic voices in popular culture of the past forty years. We're aiming to make a film that reflects her effervescent and vivid life, and provides a fitting cinematic tribute to her legacy as an artist and icon."
Paul Sng, Director
"To see how far and wide the campaign to fund this film has gone is testament to Poly's importance and enduring relevance as an artist, and shows how very loved and respected she is. It is vital that we celebrate and commemorate positive figures like Poly and carry their flame into the future, so those who didn't have the benefit of having known her or seen her perform can still experience her work and be inspired. With the support of her fans, we can make a film that truly reflects what was so special about her."
Zoë Howe, Writer