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Counter-cultural icon and punk pioneer Poly Styrene introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion as the energetic founder and frontwoman of X-Ray Spex.
Poly used her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism and postmodernism in late 1970s Britain, becoming a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements that came after.
But the late punk maverick 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 archive material and rare diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.
This screening will be followed by a live online Q&A with co-directors Paul Sng and Celeste Bell hosted by journalist Kate Hutchinson.
The film + Q&A will be available in a recorded form until 11.59pm on Sunday 28th March. UK and IRELAND ONLY.
HOW TO WATCH: This programme will be broadcast live on our custom built streaming site. Once you have registered to attend, you will receive an email on the day of the event with further details about how to access our streaming site.