- Directed by: Harri Shanahan , Siân Williams
- Country: UK
- Year: 2021
- Duration: 82min
- Certificate: 18
- Type: Film
“We were very politically aware, but we were also very naughty!” What better summation of the sexy, gritty, raw-and-rollicking experience of the London late-1980s dyke community, lovingly depicted this new documentary. From Peace Camps, to the lesbian S&M club Chain Reaction, to the passing of Clause 28, Rebel Dykes cleverly mixes vintage footage, interviews, and animated recreations to illustrate an explosive time of sex, culture, and politics. Centred on a multi-racial community of working-class dykes united through squats, underground bars, art, and a lot of sex, Rebel Dykes is by turns gratifying and challenging. While honouring the bonds of community, Rebel Dykes doesn’t gloss over battles to define who was (or wasn’t) a lesbian, a feminist, and the “right” kind of each… battles that continue today, making the film not only delightfully engaging, but strikingly relevant in 2021. Frameline45
Post-screening discussion - Friday 26 November, 8pm
This is a special Reclaim the Frame event which includes a post-screening conversation with Irish journalist and writer Caroline Barry and LGBTQI+ activist Rachel Adams - hosted by Rebel Dykes executive producer and Birds’ Eye View director, Melanie Iredale.
If you’d like to meet like-minded rebels and learn more about Reclaim the Frame, please join us for a pre-film social upstairs in the Mezz Bar at Broadway from 6.30pm.
Reclaim The Frame is a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women and non-binary filmmakers, to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the BFI’s Audience Fund. To learn more and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets, discount codes and other film goodies go to Bit.ly/BEVRTF
"A fabulously joyful and celebratory testament to community and resilience during difficult times"Guardian