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July 4 6:45 pm
Feature Documentary | 2020 | UK | 82 min | Directed by Harri Shanahan, Siân A. Williams | GQue Films
Rebel Dykes tells the story of the underground lesbian scene that emerged in eighties London.
Energised by the experience of the Greenham Common Peace Camps and the potentials of punk, a group of women decided to create their own scenes.
From squatting to night clubs, performance spaces to BDSM clubs, street activism and political actions, these women would redefine the arts, culture and politics of an era.
Mixing archive footage, in-depth interviews with many of the women involved and punctuated with animation, Rebel Dykes is an essential documentary, not just for those interested in LGBTQI+ cultures but for anyone interested in feminism, the post-punk counter cultures, and the political opposition to the Thatcher government’s infamous Section 28.
This film features explicit content.
“This boisterous oral history of a little-known underground London lesbian scene which spawned from a collision between punk and feminism is a blast.” – Screen Daily.
“Rebel Dykes is an evocative account of the post-punk Dyke culture, which brilliantly explores the impact of the subculture on wider society.” – The Independent
Screens with the short film Choice.