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Poly Styrene : I am a Cliché

Documentary 1h 36m 2021

Poly Styrene, première femme de couleur à diriger un groupe de rock à succès au Royaume-Uni, a fortement influencé les mouvements riot grrrl et afropunk. Mais Poly n’a pas seulement laissé une empreinte culturelle. Sa fille Celeste, qui lui a survécu, est devenue la gardienne des démons de sa mère, eux qui ont tourmenté sa vie et marqué leur relation. Narré par Ruth Negga, ce film suit le voyage de Celeste pour mieux comprendre Poly en tant qu’icône et mère.

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band, and a key influence on the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. But Poly didn’t just leave behind a cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste, who became the steward of her mother’s legacy and demons, which plagued Poly’s life and scarred the pair’s relationship. With narration by Ruth Negga, this film follows Celeste’s journey to better understand Poly as an icon and mother.

Cast

Ruth Negga

Director

Celeste Belle

Director

Paul Sng

Producer

Nitsche Daria

Screenwriter

Zoë Howe

Director of Photography

Nick Ward

Film Editor

Xanna Ward Dixon

Language

English

Subtitles

French

Country

United Kingdom

Studio

Utopia