Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated documentary on the undisputed queen of British fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood.

"Told in her own words, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a sharp-witted look into Westood’s creative process and her life’s journey from 1970s punk protests to fierce independent global figure. Westwood sits alongside Gucci, Dior, and McQueen — but only Westwood still owns and runs her empire. Today she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity and legacy as it expands to open flagship stores in fashion capitals Paris and New York in the face of global consumerism." (Sundance Film Festival)

2018Rating: M, Offensive language & nudity83 minsUK
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Lorna Tucker ('Amá')

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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist / Reviews

Flicks, Sarah Voon

Flicks, Sarah Voon

Following Vivienne Westwood—the well-known, multi-faceted subject of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist—a little of what makes her a freaking genius is unearthed, piece by hard-won piece. This smartly paced, good-looking doco celebrates her often cantankerous and very unique approach to getting things done, whilst never discounting the sheer amount of hard graft she has always poured into her designs and projects.

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Variety

Variety

Lorna Tucker's consistently entertaining, enthralled portrait of aberrant British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

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Time Out

Time Out

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.

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The Times

The Times

Dame-d by the very Queen she and her fellow punks once desired to "destroy", Vivienne Westwood has gone from national joke, ridiculed for her outré, rude fashion design, to national treasure, but at 76 she hasn't mellowed with age.

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Stuff

Stuff

Where the film does comes alive though is in the behind-the-scenes footage of her critquing her own collection, or how it is being portrayed.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist uses interviews, archive footage and intimate fly-on-the-wall access to get (almost) to the heart of this remarkable woman; although one suspects that Westwood will always keep some secrets firmly up her sleeve.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

The life of this visionary entrepreneur is far bigger than a single film, but director Lorna Tucker does a decent job of compacting Westwood's iconoclastic legacy.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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