A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Express yourself and be who you are. Stand up and fight for what you believe in.
Positive Role Models
The women in the film form supportive communities and take care of each other. They stand up for their rights and are brave in pushing boundaries. However, they also engage in illegal activity including stealing, breaking into buildings, damage to property, and squatting, as well as taking drugs.
Main focus of the documentary is on lesbian women, specifically the "rebel dykes" who pushed the boundaries of how gay women looked and loved in 1980s London. The film explores the interactions between politics, feminism, and other areas of the LGBTQ+ community. Includes nights run by Black lesbians and trans-inclusive events. Talking heads also include different ethnicities and gender representations.
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Violence & Scariness
Mention of domestic violence. Consensual S&M violence within a sexual context. Homophobic attacks mentioned, including cuts to the face that need stitches. References to attacks and fights in bars. Reference to Nazi costumes. Passing mention of suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female nudity. Sexual acts portrayed on-screen, including kissing and touching. Mention of S&M and scenes of people wearing costumes and sex toys. References to oral sex, pornography, fetish, stripping, and sex work.
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In addition to the word in the film's title, language includes "f---ing," "f--k," "f--ked," "s--t," "d--k," "pr--k," and "balls." "Bitch" written on a poster. Use of middle finger. Explicit sex references.
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Products & Purchases
Dr. Martens brand mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking, and drunken behavior shown. Drug references include speed taken on-screen and mention of taking acid.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rebel Dykes is a compelling but sexually explicit documentary about a group of lesbians, who combined activism with hedonism in 1980s post-punk London. There are sexual references throughout, with sex acts and nudity shown on-screen, and discussion of consensual S&M. There are also references to domestic violence, homophobic attacks, and suicide. Strong language includes "f--k," and "s--t," and there is drinking, smoking, and drug taking. The subjects of the documentary show bravery and defiance -- although they also routinely break the law -- and there is good diversity among those interviewed. The adult content makes it appropriate only for older teens and above, and will appeal to those interested in an under-documented movement in British LGBTQ+ history. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's rare that a documentary really captures the raw energy of its subjects. But Rebel Dykes does all that and more in this fun, boisterous, gritty, sexy, political, and undeniably enjoyable film. Archive footage captures chaotic club nights, heated debate, and bold activism, while present-day interviews recall moments of friendships, love, and freedom.
The Rebel Dykes look back at their movement, telling stories of storming the House of Commons and disrupting the BBC News, as though sharing them with old friends over dinner. The accompanying animation gives the film a fanzine feel, drawing the audience ever closer into the folds of a previously overlooked moment in LGBTQ+ history. A movement that continues to influence the U.K. landscape today.
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