Guest blog by Siobhan Fahey
When a film is called ‘Rebel Dykes’ there is nobody whose neck doesn’t snap around to check out that logo. This documentary film cracks open the 1980’s underground dyke scene. Rebel Dykes is about the days when lesbians were fucking everywhere, when we were scrawling it on walls, abseiling into the house of Lords, running women only sex clubs, taking over live TV to change the laws of the land. If anyone wonders what fighting the Tories in the eighties, what punk, squatting and riots were like for dykes, this film creams it.
Producer and original Rebel Dyke, Siobhan Fahey, has brought together all the right people to bring this brew to the boil. With the genius debut co≠directing skills of Harri Sherridan and Sian Williams, together with the acute ears of Witney Bluzma on sound, this film is a paradigm shift away from anything else in the documentary film scene – this stuff is scandalous. A Rebel dyke herself, Ellyott Ben-Ezzer composed the soundtrack with Hannah McLennan Jones on design, making this film a queer family work of Art.
Want to know why you aren’t involved already? Well there is still time to get in on the crowdfunder which is offering perky little pleasers like the must have ‘T’ shirts, movie posters of the Rebels by Del Grace, postcards, festival screening invites and a meet the film stars dinner.
Upcoming are two events to launch the crowdfunder: one on March 12th as part of Wonder Woman festival will take place at the inspiring venue of Home in Manchester. The second on the weekend of March 18th –19th when the Rebels will swing into action as Brixton Dykes on the Rampage in collaboration with Queer tours of London, Kuntinuun and Drag Kings, Queens and InBetweens Festival.
As a piece of social history and political inspiration to future generations, this film is unparalleled, featuring archive original unseen footage from lost dyke bands and dyke sex clubs together with collections of images from zines, flyers and photographs. This culture inspired riot grrls and queercore as well as countless activists, feminist and queer transgressors. These were the types that pop stars like Madonna and Sinead O’Connor tried to look like, in a social network that spread out at it’s peak to almost a thousand women and that was before mobile phones, let alone social media. Watch them then and now as they tell how they came together, played and stayed queer family right up to the present day.
So if you want to be part of preserving the truth about what women really were doing in the 1980’s and stop the air brush of history from tidying the kick arse DIY girls away, if you want to be part of the project that sold out the biggest auditorium in the BFI at eleven quid a ticket just to see the twenty five minute work in progress cut, you need to get on board. This is going to be big: think about the film ‘Pride’ and triple it. Look out mainstream cos this time she’ll be coming with a woman when she cums.