POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHE

POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ
2021 | Dir Celeste Bell, Paul Sng | 89mins | GB

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK 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, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. But the late punk maverick didn’t just leave behind an immense cultural footprint.
Celeste Bell, Poly’s daughter, 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.

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Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones

Brad Pitt stars as astronaut Roy McBride in this science fiction adventure, directed by James Gray. Earth’s solar system is struck by mysterious and dangerous power surges, which have been connected to a lost project started by Roy’s father sixteen years earlier. With the hopes of his father still being alive in outer space, Roy joins a rescue mission, uncovering bigger secrets about the universe in the process.

2019 | Dir James Gray | 122min | USA

Xan Brooks view on James Gray’s intergalactically po-faced take on Apocalypse Now in The Guardian.

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Loving (2016 UK/USA) 123 mins, Cert. 12A

At 2.30* and 7.30

(* the 2.30 screening will be subtitled for people with a hearing loss)

Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton
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The affecting story of real life couple Richard and Mildred Loving (left and below), whose interracial relationship forced them to cross the state line in order to marry in the late 1950s. They then defied anti-miscegenation laws by moving back to their home State as man and wife.

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Smitten with his pregnant girlfriend but debarred from marrying in their home state of Virginia by it’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924, Richard and Mildred travel to Washington DC to tie the knot.

 

 

 

The couple plan their lives together, hoping to reside peacefully in their self-built home in Virginia, yet these hopes are threatened when their union is aggressively opposed by the State.

An understated dramatisation of the Loving family’s story and their legal challenge to win the right to return ‘home’, which changed US law, with moving performances from Edgerton and Negga.

 

Here are links to a (re-)Review of the film from The Evening Standard and a Guardian discussion of the film and its place in her burgeoning career with Ruth Negga

The Guardian article includes links to discussion clips with the Director and stars of the film, but not to the Trailer, which can be seen below [fvplayer src=”https://youtu.be/zRXuCY7tRgk”]

 

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