WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST REVIEWED
“Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist” is a fun look at the life of Dame Vivienne Westwood. Westwood came to prominence as the partner of Malcolm McLaren when he first managed the Sex Pistols. Through archival footage and interviews, the film works as a documented homage to one of the founding mothers of UK Punk. I just wish that it didn’t feel like the last hurrah for this lady. Hell, many non Punk fans will be discovering her for the first time here.
If anything, it will feel like a let down to step away at the end of the documentary. Oh, how I wish there was more. Help me out here, MPI. I want more Westwood.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 9/11/18
The Plot Thus Far
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.
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.