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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché will be showing in cinemas as part of HOME’s reopening May 2021. This title is also available to watch online now, and when you watch this film at home, a percentage of your rental fee goes towards supporting HOME. Click the “Watch here” button below, or select HOME as your chosen cinema on the Modern website.

Poly Styrene was 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 unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience.

Narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga and featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries, this documentary follows Poly’s daughter and screenwriter Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.


Tickets for cinema screenings will go on sale after the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10 May about Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown, which will confirm our reopening on 17 May. Priority booking will be available to HOME Friends, followed by HOME members with tickets on general sale from 13 May.

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