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Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche

13th Parish Festival of Independent Film and Music
  • 12 May 5.30pm
1 hr 30 mins
Jersey Arts Centre

Celeste Bell / UK / 2021 / 90 mins

Poly Styrene, punk icon and X-Ray Spexs front woman, was the first woman of colour to front a successful rock band in England. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion and was the key inspiration for the Riot Grrrl and Afropunk movements. Her death sends her daughter on a journey across the world and through her mother’s archives to reconcile their fraught relationship.

“as compelling, mysterious, moving and inspiring as Poly’s own pop art” – Uncut

“a riveting and valuable documentary” – The Guardian

“the film’s secret weapon is its candour, about Britain, the music business, mental health and the subject herself” – The Financial Times

Best Documentary, British Independent Film Awards 2021

Official Selection, SXSW 2021

To view the full 13th Parish Festival programme, please click here.

£6 (students and seniors)