Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Year: 2017
Language: English
Run Time: 78 minutes

From her working-class beginnings to being made a Dame of the British Empire, Vivienne Westwood carved a life and a fashion empire unlike any other. Known throughout the world for her revolutionary and controversial clothing designs, Westwood followed nobody’s advice and gleefully opposed decorum, public opinion, and social norms. Westwood steers this brave documentary the way she steered her career: fearlessly, argumentatively, and in the face of reason and convention. The self-proclaimed creator of Punk, Westwood was always willing to translate her political passion into her design—an anarchist working the runways in Paris and happily weathering establishment derision. WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST sews together the wonderful, abrasive, and culture-bending fabrics of her lifetime into a glittering archive to wrap yourself in. Here is a woman who skipped the opening of her New York store to write a thesis on climate change, a fiery and unsettled soul who turned political engagement into a crusade to dress the world for self-expression and action! —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Film Is Art
Women of the World

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Lorna Tucker

Lorna Tucker was born in the United Kingdom. She spent her 20s touring with bands such as Unkle, Lupe Fiasco, The Cult, and Queens of the Stone Age, creating tour videos and music promos. After cutting her teeth working with rock bands, she moved on to directing documentaries, writing scripts, and creating experimental video art projects for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Nike, Redbull, Vogue, and ShowStudio.


Ellie Emptage, Shirine Best, Nicole Stott, John Battsek

Paul Carlin

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