In 1976, Poly Styrene saw a Sex Pistols gig on Hastings pier. It inspired her

to form the band

X-Ray Spex.

Around 2001, Poly

moved to Hastings

where she continued to

make music in her studio

in Robertson Street. 


In April 2011, Poly died at

St Michael's Hospice in St Leonards on Sea.

She is buried locally.

‘I told you, you should have changed the world when you were young.’

Set in two equally explosive eras – 1977 and post-Brexit Britain – Highly Inflammable tells the story of a teenage friendship ruined by intolerance, racism and idealism – all set to the music of punk legend Poly Styrene.

It’s about leaving behind your best friend. Choosing politics over love. And regretting choices made 40 years ago.

Crackling with music, energy and plenty of punk outrage at the state of our nation, Highly Inflammable asks what we could have done then to make the world different now.

Highly Inflammable was adapted for the screen in 2021 and is currently in pre-production.

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