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Poly Styrene, frontwoman for the brilliant X-Ray Spex, was a key figure in the UK punk scene and the first woman of colour 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. Inspiring generations to come – riot grrrls especially, she didn't just leave behind an immense cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste Bell, who became the unwitting guardian of her mother's legacy and her mother's demons. Misogyny, racism, and mental illness plagued Poly's life, while their lasting trauma scarred Celeste's childhood and the pair's relationship. Featuring unseen material and diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mother's artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    89 mins
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    UK
  • Premiere
    NSW PREMIERE
  • Rating
    MA15+
  • Director
    Celeste Bell & Paul Sng