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Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Raucous music adorns this deep dive into the life of Poly Styrene (1957-2011), frontwoman of the pioneering English punk rock band, X-Ray Spex. A biracial woman operating in a majority-male, overwhelmingly white genre, Styrene made her biggest mark with her boisterous anthem, “Oh Bondage, Up Yours.” Co-directed by Styrene’s daughter Celeste Bell, this involving documentary offers up stirring band footage; recollections of bandmates, friends, and relatives; and most crucially, Bell’s memories of her brilliant, mercurial mother.

Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Director Paul Sng

Paul Sng is a documentary filmmaker of British and Singaporean heritage whose work shines a light on the marginalized, the underrepresented, and those who live outside of the status quo. Among his works are Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain (2015), Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017), and Social Housing, Social Cleansing (2018).

Director Celeste Bell

Celeste Bell is a singer and a writer who makes her filmmaking debut with Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché. Of why she decided to make a film about her punk-rock pioneer mother now, she says, “I believe my mother was way ahead of her time when she wrote the album, Germ-Free Adolescents, and the world she conjured up is in many ways the world we live in now, so it was time.”


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Film Details

Language English

Original Language Title English

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 96

Country UK/United States

Director Paul Sng, Celeste Bell

Producer Rebecca Mark-Lawson, Matthew Silverman, Daria Nitsche

Executive Producer Nikki Parrott, Natasha Dack Ojumu, Jack Oliver, Mark Thomas, Lisa Marie Russo, Richard Coram, Bruno Waser

Editor Xanna Ward Dixon

Cinematographer Nick Ward

Music Marina Elderton