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Rebel rebel: Riot Grrrl flicks and fun this weekend in Hackney and Southwark

Date posted: 05.11.2014

Fringe! Film and Arts Festival is hosting 'There's a Dyke In the Pit: A Day of Queer Grrrl Power' a celebration of the Queercore and Riot Grrrl movements on film, thanks to support from Film Hub London's Boost Award.

The programme features screenings, panel discussions, performances and visual art taking place at three venues across London:

Exploring the two subcultures that allowed the queer community to cement its relationship with punk, the film events include a short film programme curated by Dirty Looks NYC plus Jill Reiter's never-before-seen DIY film In Search of Margo-Go, which stars Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna.

Jill Reiter, who was flown over from LA especially for the festival, will participate a panel discussion, Q&A session and will also be DJing.

Read Jill Reiter's interview about the event in Vice magazine.

There's a Dyke In the Pit: A Day of Queer Grrrl Power'

Saturday 8 November

A number of events are taking place on Saturday, with exhibitions, talks and a chance to look the part.

  • When:  12.00pm onwards
  • Where: the Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1 5SQ
  • How much: free

An exhibition of posters and paraphernalia from the Riot Grrrl scene, including:

  • Handmade posters and artwork by Rachael House and Gwenaël Rattke
  • Rare posters from the archives of Val Phoenix
  • Archival Riot Grrrl photography
  • A complementary There's a Dyke in the Pit zine/programme.

From 4.00pm onwards, special hair & make-up artists will be in the café area to give you the chance to embrace the Club Totally new-wave look whilst taking a sneak peek at the teaser for Yony Leyser's forthcoming documentary on queercore.

Frenzy: A Riot Decade

  • When: 2.00pm
  • Where: Hackney Attic  (Hackney Picturehouse), E8 1HE
  • How much: free

A short film programme originally curated by Dirty Looks NYC featuring shorts from Jill Reiter, Shu Lea Cheang, Michael Lucid and more.

The screening is followed by a panel discussion  where you can hear from  directors Reiter and Cheang, alongside Liz Naylor (Catcall Records), Sophie Mayer (Film theorist and feminist academic), and Nazmia Jamal (Ladyfest London, Ladies! Rock Camp and film programmer).

In Search of Margo-Go at Club Totally

  • When: 8.00pm
  • Where: Rose Lipman Building
  • How much: £5.00

The party really gets started with this screening of shorts, a feature, performances and DJs. Featuring:

The Perfect Ones
Nao Bustamante/Matt Johnstone, USA, 8min., 2006
An amnesia stricken Beverly Hills housewife wanders into an underground lesbian punk club and discovers a new way of life.


Jill Reiter, Super 8 on digital video, USA, 12min, 1993

Frenzy brings the grrrl riot to the New York City underground, as Jill Reiter revels in the wild antics of a "queer grrrl" band, whose even wilder audience is inspired to rip off their clothes and grab and kiss the grrrls in the band, tearing them away from their instruments while an orgy ensues backstage.

Grrrl Love and Revolution
Abby Moser, USA, 2011,42mins

The UK premiere of Abby Moser's mid-length documentary Grrrl Love and Revolution which features Riot Grrrl band Double Zero and sheds light on the relationship between the queercore and Riot Grrrl movements by interweaving archival footage with contextual and reflective interviews.

In Search of Margo-Go + Live music accompaniment and director Q&A
Jill Reiter, Super8mm/16mm, USA, 1995/2014

A long-lost gem, Jill Reiter's wildly inventive and ambitious film is a Riot Grrrl-meets-queercore production filmed in 1994 between New York and San Francisco. Never finished, it has remained shrouded in mystery - until now, with Jill's new director's cut premiering at Fringe! and presented with live band accompaniment, and live performances of some of the missing scenes.

Fringe! will also host live music from London grrrl band Skinny Girl Diet plus DJ sets from  Linster Sangster (The Librarian) and Jill Reiter, who will play an eclectic mix of new wave, post-punk and grrl punk in the evening.

Monday 10 November

  • Where: Hotel Elephant Units A & B, behind 40-42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
  • When: Saturday 6 December 7.30pm

How much: £5.00

Can't make it this weekend? Don't worry too much - Fringe! Film and Arts Festival are partnering with Wotever Film Festival to hold a repeat screening of Frenzy, Grrrl Love, Revolution and In Search of Margo-Go at Hotel Elephant in Elephant and Castle next month

Book your tickets now

Do you have an idea for an exciting and ambitious film screening project? Applications are now open for the latest round of the Boost Award and close on 21 November. Find out more and apply.

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