1hr 50mins

A frantic, frenetic, and downright defiant documentary that plunges us into an exciting yet hostile 1980s, Rebel Dykes follows the story of a group of young women living and loving in London.

This feature will be followed by an exclusive to cinemas, pre-recorded Q&A (except for the 15:50 screening on 29th and 18:10 screening on Dec 2nd) with Directors Harri Shanahan & Siân Williams, producer Siobhan Fahey, composer and music supervisor, Ellyott, film contributor & club promoter, Yvonne Taylor and hosted by Birds' Eye View director Melanie Iredale.

Hard of Hearing available.

Harri Shanahan & Siân A. Williams

Their lives unfold onscreen through a myriad of photography, animation, collage, archive footage: all fittingly accompanied by a frenzied soundtrack of furious punk.

Maggie Thatcher’s iron fist was coming down hard on anyone who didn’t fit into the hugely restrictive societal norms of the nuclear family, typified by her introduction of the infamous and atrocious Section 28 in 1988.

The Rebel Dykes revolted against this, they celebrated chosen family when nuclear was the only acceptable option and fought for equality in an unequal world.

Debbie Smith, a central figure at the heart of this documentary, reflects on this time: “Life in the 1980s? Well… it was exciting, it was scary, it was fun, it was poor, it was a great time and a terrible time to be young and queer in London.”

Smith, along with the rest of her trailblazing, leather-wearing, fabulous gang of lesbians drag us into a slice of history that is mesmerising, explosive, chaotic – and ultimately changed the world.

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Tue 30 Nov
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Thu 2 Dec

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