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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.

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Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne's fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

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Westwood's loyalties feel torn and the fashion house is plunged into drama. It makes this the perfect film to double bill 'Phantom Thread' with.

July 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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"Westwood" is definitely better than mediocre, though you wish there were a bit more to it.

July 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

She's a bit of a prickly pear but Tucker captures the essential Westwood: down to earth, resourceful and likeable.

June 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's amazing to watch.

June 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I accept that she was popular, and am even willing to take on faith that her work is brilliant. But I would have liked to know why it's brilliant.

June 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It provides a fascinating, involving glimpse of both who Westwood was back in the day and who she is at this particular moment in time, so much so that we genuinely miss her once the credits begin to roll.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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