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Arnolfini - est 1961

The unheard story of a community of dykes who met doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world.

‘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 family. 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, Programmer, BFI Flare 2021

Presented by Arnolfini and UWE Bristol to celebrate LGBT History Month 2022.

Directors Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams. Produced by Siobhan Fahey.