2021 / 131 mins / Subtitles available
Directed by: Harri Shanahan, Sian Williams
Language / Country : English / United Kingdom
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 families.
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, BFI Flare, 2021)
This film is only available in the UK & Ireland. You can find information on other Rebel Dykes events on the official Rebel Dykes page.
This is the premiere of Rebel Dykes with special additional content from filmmakers Sian A Williams, Harri Shanahan, producer Siobhan Fahey moderated by Melanie Iredale (Bird's Eye View).
Here at Bohemia, we love Rebel Dykes. There is a reckless abandon and reverence to the way that this ragtag, revolutionary group of women talk about the 80s and their place within it. Sexual liberation in the lesbian community has never been more celebrated than it is here. Rebel Dykes has made a big impression within the LGBTQ and film world even before its release and is about to take over!
"There’s an evocative time capsule element that immerses us in the era, making it less a case of you had to be there, as some documentaries can make one feel, and more a case of you’ll feel like you were."
The Queer Review
"Visual masterclass in a radical 1980s aesthetic"
"Together with the quantity...of archive material, which gives the film its bracing honesty, and 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."