High Falls Women in Film series
POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022
Doors at 7:00pm
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)
ABOUT THE FILM
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. 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.
96 mins | Documentary / Music / Biography | 2021 | UK | English
Directed by Celeste Bell and Paul Sng
ABOUT THE SERIES
The High Falls Women in Film Series focuses on storytelling from a women’s perspective, with independent and international films, mixing emerging and established female talent behind, and in front of, the lens.
The series is a continuation and celebrates the legacy of the High Falls Women’s Film Festival which, for more than 20 years, celebrated the artistry and innovation of women behind the camera, in leading roles on screen, and at the heart of storylines. See the High Falls series page for more information
ABOUT THE PANEL
Zahyia Rolle (she/her), panelist – Zahyia, a songwriter, lyricist, producer and creative visionary, has dedicated her life to existing in spaces that elevate and change the limited narratives, images, and awareness of what it means to exist as a Black American Woman. With her eclectic background of Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, Lo-fi Hip-hop, Music Theater, Funk and Soul, Zahyia finds ways to push traditional boundaries in the world of music and Alternative R&B.