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Rebel Dykes: help us make it happen!

Published: 10 April 2017 Tags: rebel dykes, diy, film By John Walding

A group queer women and folk are currently fundraising to make REBEL DYKES - the only documentary about a bunch of kickass punk lesbians from London, UK in the 1980s, happen on the big screen. This is what they want you to know:

The film crew are based in Manchester, and this is the first film we have ever made. It has a has a huge buzz. Our work in progress cut sold out at the biggest screen, at the biggest night at BFI Flare, the main European LGBT Film Festival in 2016. Our crowdfunder launch sold out the biggest screen at HOME Manchester on March 12th 2017.

We have already been invited to over 30 film festivals globally. We are running a crowdfuner at the moment that finishes on Easter Sunday at Bollox @ Deaf Institute where we are running a special Rebel Dykes party on the ground floor. If you use the code REBELDYKES when you book via Skiddle all the money will go to help us finish our film.

This documentary film is being made because the history of the London Rebel Dykes of the 1980s is in danger of being forgotten. Rebel dykes created their own world, made their own rules, and refused to be ignored. We can't let history tidy them away.

REBEL DYKES is a documentary about a bunch of kickass women who lived in London in the 1980s. They wore leather jacket, made their own punk bands, zines and squats. They ran sex positive clubs. They were gender-fluid and trans friendly. They worked in the sex industry, or in manual trades, or between the cracks. They lived their politics. They fought and won. They were the first generation of sex positive outlaw women, and nothing has been quite the same since.

The film is being made DIY and No-Budget, but high production values and huge ambition. It is uses interviews, lo-fi animation, recreated 80s film and a huge amount of previously unseen archive video, photographs, zines, music and flyers. The soundtrack is a mixture of fantastic lost women’s punk bands and new compositions.

The cash raised through our crowdfunder will be used to to ensure the film is cinema quality, to ensure successful marketing and distribution, and to pay necessary fees. 10% of what we raise will go to LGBT Jigsaw, an offshoot of Stonewall Housing, London, because one thing all Rebel dykes had in common was homelessness, and there is no option for squatting today.

If you help us out, we’ll be offering unique perks, including postcards, film credits and VIP entrance at our parties, so please check out our page, donate and come along to our fundraiser!