Past Event

Dec 08—09, 2021

Bright Lights:Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

Directed by Celeste Bell and Paul Sng

Free Event

Co-presented with the Boston Underground Film Festival, the Boston Women's Film Festival the Roxbury International Film Festival and the Independent Film Festival Boston

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. Poly was survived by a daughter, Celeste Bell. Celeste 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.



Virtual Event
On Demand Streaming
DEC 08 @ 7PM ET –
DEC 09 @ 7PM ET


Dec 08, 2021 - Dec 09, 2021


DEC 09 @ 7PM ET

Join for a live 45-minute moderated discussion with writer and directors Celeste Bell and Paul Sng to follow.

Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform. Audience members are also welcome to join directly on Zoom to participate and submit questions.

join us on zoom

96 minutes


SJ, POC, I, W, D (gender and sexuality, racial and disability justice)

Closed captions and live captions provided

Streaming FAQs

Tickets will become available WED DEC 08 at 12PM ET.