The unconventional lead singer of British punk band X-Ray-Spex, Poly Styrene was a singer songwriter, artist, and a postmodern style pioneer of the 1970s. The first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band, she introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her powerful voice to sing about issues such as identity, consumerism and postmodernism. A true punk icon.
Following her death in 2011, Poly Styrene’s daughter Celeste became the guardian of her mother’s legacy. In a bid to understand Poly the punk icon as well as Poly the mother, Celeste set out on a journey, examining the musician’s unopened artistic archive and travelling across three different continents.
Featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries, ‘Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché’ is a documentary following Celeste’s incredible journey. Narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga and featuring interviews with Thurston Moore, Kathleen Hanna and Vivienne Westwood, the documentary traces the musician’s legacy and the demons she battled with throughout her career and personal life. Co-directed by filmmaker Paul Sng, the film is available to watch from Friday 5th March.