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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

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United Kingdom
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2021

1h 29m

Director Paul Sng, Celeste Bell
Starring Poly Styrene, Celeste Bell, Ruth Negga, Neneh Cherry

Genre Documentary, Music

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The death of punk icon and X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene sends her daughter on a journey across the world and through her mother’s archives to reconcile their fraught relationship in this new documentary, featuring Oscar nominee Ruth Negga as the voice of Poly Styrene.

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In a genre often saturated with sugar-coated stories and selective memories, Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché proves to be anything but.
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CineVue by Matthew Anderson

An affectionate labour of love, cathartic yet bitterly honest, Bell and Sng’s films paints the full, unfettered picture.
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Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

As the story progresses, Bell’s decision to share the focus and to examine her relationship with her mother makes more sense, bringing an intimacy and tenderness to the rock documentary format.