Trailer for Rebel Dykes, which is a feature length documentary coming out in 2017. The documentary is about a bunch of kickass women who lived in London in the 1980s. The film is directed by Harri Shanahan and Sian Williams, and produced by Siobhan Fahey.
Before there were queer activists, before there were Riot Grrls, there were the Rebel Dykes of London. They were young, they were feminists, they were anarchists, they were punks. They were the first generation of sex positive outlaw women, and nothing has been quite the same since.
This documentary film is being made because the history of the London Rebel Dykes of the 1980s is in danger of being forgotten. It is supported by an active online community of 200+ Rebel Dykes who remember those years and want you to hear about it. They have provided images, support, hard cash and hours of unpaid labour.
The film will be based on interviews with original rebel dykes. It uses lo-fi animation and recreated 80s video footage to retell their stories. It also uses previously unseen archive material from the period, including photographs, zines, music and flyers. The soundtrack is based on forgotten women’s indie and punk bands, remixed by Ellyott from Sister George and Night Nurse.