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.
DOCUMENTARY | ENGLISH | 92 MINS
Dir. Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams
Produced by Siobhan Fahey
'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”
“this invaluable relic of queer history is a blessing and a gift to all dykes everywhere”
“Delightfully sex-positive, richly detailed, and lovingly-crafted”
- THE QUEER REVIEW
“This boisterous oral history of a little-known underground London lesbian scene which spawned from a collision between punk and feminism is a blast”
“a rousing documentation of anarchic lesbian power set against the backdrop of Eighties England'
- EVENING STANDARD
“a hugely entertaining and unique documentary”
- THE FILM MAGAZINE