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‘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 in 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.

The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with directors Harri Shanahan & Siân A. Williams, producer Siobhan Fahey, composer/music supervisor Ellyott and film contributor/club promoter Yvonne Taylor.

Rebel Dykes History Project

MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here.

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