Dir. Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams

Produced by Siobhan Fahey

REBEL DYKES is a rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London


The unheard story of a community of dykes who met doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world. REBEL DYKES arrives in all its ass-kicking, leather-wearing glory. The film follows a tight-knit group of friends who met at Greenham Common peace camp and went on to become artists, performers, musicians and activists in London.


A heady mash-up of animation, archive footage and interviews tells the story of a radical scene: squatters, BDSM nightclubs, anti-Thatcher rallies, protests demanding action around AIDS and the fierce ties of chosen family. This is an extraordinarily privileged glimpse into a bygone world by those who not only lived out their politics with heartfelt conviction but lived to tell the tale.

JAY BERNARD, Programmer, BFI Flare 2021

Copy of Rebel Dykes Media Image Archive
Copy of Rebel Dykes Media Image Archive
“this film serves as a fast-paced look at the meeting point between punk and LGBT+ activism.”
“ a sense of eavesdropping on the recollections of the women who were having the most fun (and, from all accounts, the most sex) of anyone in 1980s London.”