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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018)



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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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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…

If Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist isn't a great or greatly appealing film, that may have more to do with the subject's personal limitations and unpleasantness than with the filmmaker's skills.

June 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tension soon dissipates, and all that's left is a much too cursory portrait of a figure whose fascinating life and career should have led to a more interesting film.

June 7, 2018 | Full Review…

She can be as off-putting and frustrating as she is fascinating.

June 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The fact that you can sense Westwood's disillusionment with the documentary project while watching it creates some interesting tension, but director Lorna Tucker doesn't fully exploit it or turn it into meta commentary.

June 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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