Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

  • Documentary
  • 1h 33m

Med frygtløs fuck dig-attitude og anti-fascistiske opråb stod Poly Styrene i spidsen for et af 70ernes helt store punkbands: X-Ray Spex.

Med frygtløs fuck dig-attitude og anti-fascistiske opråb stod Poly Styrene i spidsen for et af 70ernes helt store punkbands: X-Ray Spex.

I 1976 købte 19-årige Marion Elliot en annonce i Melody Maker, hvor der bare stod ‘Young punks who want to stick it together’. Kort efter var bandet X-Ray Spex født, og Marion havde skiftet navn til Poly Styrene. England var præget af fremmedhad og fascistpartiet National Front. Poly, der havde somaliske rødder, blev et punk-ikon og karrieren toppede til den historiske Rock Against Racism-koncert i Victoria Park, hvor hun klippede sig skaldet i protest mod skinhead-kulturen og sexismen i musikbranchen. Marion Elliots utrolige historie er fortalt i farverige arkivklip fra Englands punkhistorie i en film instrueret af hendes datter, og føles mere aktuel end nogensinde før.

With a fearless fuck you-attitude and anti-fascist battle cries, Poly Styrene was at the forefront of one of the greatest punk bands of the 1970s: X-Ray Spex.

In 1976, 19-year-old Marion Elliot took out an ad in Melody Maker, which simply read ‘Young punks who want to stick it together’. Shortly after, the band X-Ray Spex was born, and Marion changed her name to Poly Styrene. England at the time was marked by xenophobia and the fascist National Front. Poly, who had Somali roots, became a punk icon. Her career peaked at the historic Rock Against Racism concert in Victoria Park, where she cut her hair bald in protest against the skinhead culture and sexism in the music industry. Marion Elliot’s incredible story is told in colourful archive footage from England’s punk history in a film directed by her daughter and feels more relevant than ever before.

Director

Celeste Bell

Director

Paul Sng

Sprog

English

Undertekster

English

Land

United Kingdom

Studier

Tyke Films, Velvet Joy Productions