Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

Directed by Paul Sng & Celeste Bell

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.

Event/ This film will be preceded by a short recorded introduction from co-director Paul Sng.

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134 minutes


Country of origin:
Great Britain