Harri Shanahan, Siân A. Williams
Country of Origin
Rebel Dykes + Reel Talks: THE WHOLE PICTURE: ADJUSTING THE LENS OF HISTORY
Part of the Documentaries Strand
Combining political activism, bold sex positivity, and an embrace of hedonism, the Rebel Dykes were a relatively unknown underground London lesbian scene of the early 1980s. Charged with anarchic post-punk energy and a fanzine aesthetic Harri Shanahan and Sîan Williams’ riotous oral history brings an obscured world into vivid clarity. Dropping in on the BDSM night Chain Reaction and pushing back against the ‘kink shaming’ of some within feminist circles, the film is a richly textured and nuanced archive of a forgotten moment and an irrepressibly vital community.
18 - Contains scenes of a sexual nature, implied sexual violence, scenes of protest, depictions of discrimination, strong language and drug references.
REEL TALKS: THE WHOLE PICTURE - ADJUSTING THE LENS OF HISTORY
This special event will consider the history and vital importance of documenting crucial (and often deliberately omitted) events, groups and periods from our collective past. It will seek to explore how we document and archive as a culture nowadays, especially in this time of ever-growing digital material and content.
Guiding this conversation will be Siobhan Fahey, Archive Producer of Rebel Dykes and panellists will include award-winning playwright Hannah Lavery (Lament for Sheku Bayoh). Rebel Dykes is screening as part of EIFF 2021, both in person and online. Visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk to buy a ticket for the film.
A pre-recorded discussion will be shown after the film screening of Rebel Dykes on Friday 20 August at 17:45 - it will be part of your ticket.The pre-recorded discussion will also be available as part of your online ticket.
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