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Grantham Guildhall continues with online entertainment programme

The Guildhall’s online programme of entertainment continues, while theatres remain closed under Covid restrictions.

Showing until May 31 is film Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché (12A).

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.

Poly Styrene (46472993)
Poly Styrene (46472993)

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.

It costs £9.99 to watch online.


Also showing until May 31 is Iorram (Boat Song) (PG), a lyrical portrait of life in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, past and present, and the first cinema documentary entirely in Scottish Gaelic.

It is available for £4.99.

For more details, visit www.guildhallartscentre.com

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