To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the seminal X-Ray Spex album Germfree Adolescents, a new film titled Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché is in the works. Co-written and narrated by Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell, the film is being crowdfunded via Indiegogo until May 2, with various rewards offered in return for donations, including limited edition t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, DVDs and signed books, along with unique opportunities such as Associate and Executive Producer credits.
Bi-racial, female, working class and possessing one of the most satirical perspectives in punk, X-Ray Spex founder Poly Styrene was, as Billboard proclaimed, “one of the least conventional front-persons in rock history”. Poly was responsible for some of the most original, intelligent and exciting music of the punk era and beyond, but away from the songs, the look and that warrior-cry voice, her fascinating and sometimes frightening story, incorporating struggles with misogyny, racism and mental health issues, has remained largely untold. Until now.
In this feature-length documentary, the jigsaw pieces of Poly’s life will be brought together for the first time. Original interviews, new research and previously unseen archive material are combined to present a thrilling, poetic and at times impressionistic portrait of a singer, seeker and mother. Underscored with Poly’s music from throughout her career, I Am A Cliché celebrates one of punk’s most uncompromising icons.
To support the crowdfunding campaign and find out more about the film, follow this link: igg.me/at/polystyrene
On Sunday we will present our Red Label Autumn/Winter 2015-16 collection in London.
Ahead of the show Vivienne tells us about the Red Label girl, the similarities between them and the message the show will communicate.
Vote Green appears on our show invites and in our film below Vivienne discloses that the Red Label girl will vote green.
A short post this week.
The Climate Revolution team here at the studio have organised in conjunction with Camden Town Council, a day’s festival based around the idea of getting closer to nature in an urban environment. It takes place tomorrow.
There will be a bike ride which Vivienne is taking part in as well as an introductory speech she will be making & there will be lots of stalls & events to take part in.
Catherine Hamnett will be giving a talk about protecting bees & ‘Farm the city London’ will be showing how to get creative with urban gardening.
Check out these & all the other events on https://www.facebook.com/UrbanOutdoorFestival