EXCLUSIVE: US sales company Utopia has secured worldwide rights, excluding UK, to doc biopic Poly styrene: I’m a cliché, narrated by Ruth Negga (Magnet).
The biopic doc, which will take place at the Glasgow Film Festival this week ahead of its North American premiere at SXSW in March, traces the story of British punk artist Poly Styrene.
Co-written and co-directed by singer’s daughter, Celeste Bell, the film will retrace the story of Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, known by her stage name Poly Styrene, who led the group X-Ray Spex in Les 1970s, becoming the first Woman of Color to appear before a successful rock band in the UK.
The Anglo-Somali punk musician, who died of breast cancer in 2011, was an inspiration to the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements and was known for her songs about identity, consumerism and postmodernism.
Bell conducts with Paul Sng and narrates with Oscar nominee Negga. The film will feature never-before-seen footage and commentary from friends, family, fans and cultural critics and will follow Celeste as she travels across three continents to explore the artistic and cultural legacy of her late mother and reconcile their strained relationship.
The film is being distributed by Modern Films in the UK and is also released as a Sky Original documentary after securing an early investment from the broadcaster.
“Poly styrene breaks the boundaries of conventional punk documentary. It’s a portrait of a trailblazer, a look at the challenges of being one of the first women of color to face a punk band, an exploration of mother-daughter relationships, and so much more. Poly is an icon whose story needed to be told, and we’re excited to premiere the film during Women’s History Month, ”said Danielle DiGiacomo, Content Manager for Utopia.