With exclusive, unprecedented access, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of Vivienne’s life, her fashion, her personality, her activism and her cultural importance.

COMPLETED

Filmmakers: Lorna Tucker
Country: UK
Runtime: 78', 53'
Year: 2018
Format: HD

 
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STORY

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.


Press

"Excellent" ★★★★ - The Guardian

"Fascinating" ★★★★ - The Times

★★★★ - The Independent

"She deserves the applause and praise heaped upon her" - Screen Daily

"Affectionate and endearing" - Cineuropa

"Tantalizing" - Salt Lake Magazine


FILMMAKER

Lorna cut her teeth creating promos for bands such as Unkle, The Cult, and Queens of The Stone Age, and short films for McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Nike. Her work has shown at international festivals and museums including MAM Sao Paulo and Guggenheim Bilbao. 2018 sees the release of her first feature documentaries: Westwood and Amá—a delicate exposé of the forcible sterilization of Native American women in the latter half of the twentieth century.

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sundance Film Festival 2018

True/False Film Festival 2018

CPH:DOX 2018

Sydney Film Festival 2018

Melbourne International Film Festival 2018

Mortiz Feed Dog 2018

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2018

Cleveland International Film Festival 2018

Encounters Short Film And Animation Festival 2018

Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2018

Urban Nomad Film Festival 2018

Docaviv 2018

Transylvania International Film Festival 2018

Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival 2018

Art Film Fest 2018

Winter Film Series 2018

DOC NYC 2018

IDFA 2018