DOCUMENTARY | ENGLISH | 82 MINS
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
“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.”