Poly Styrene to be celebrated in new film
A new film titled ‘Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché’ is in the works to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the punk icon's influential X-Ray Spex album ‘Germfree Adolescents’.
Bi-racial, female, working class and possessing one of the most satirical perspectives in punk, Poly was responsible for some of the most exciting music of the punk era and beyond. However, away from the songs, the style and that warrior-cry voice, her fascinating and sometimes frightening story, including struggles with misogyny, racism and mental health issues, has remained largely untold.
Co-written and narrated by Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell, the film will examine the past through the lens of the present, by revisiting pivotal moments and significant spaces in Poly’s history. Whilst also raising awareness of the issues she struggled with - and rose above - throughout her life.
Interviews, new research and previously unseen archive material are combined to present a thrilling, poetic and at times impressionistic portrait of a singer, seeker and mother. Underscored with Poly’s music from throughout her career, ‘I Am A Cliché’ celebrates one of punk’s most uncompromising icons.
Speaking of the film, the director Paul Sng said: "Poly Styrene remains one of the most original and dynamic voices in popular culture. We're aiming to make a film that reflects her effervescent and vivid life, and provide a fitting cinematic tribute to her legacy as an artist and icon."