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Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes and Sadomasochism

In this S&M classic, eight self-described leather dykes discuss queer politics, power and self-determination.

This is an 18+ screening

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Dir-Scr Michelle Handelman
Prod Michelle Handelman, Monte Cazazza
With Patrick Califia, Skeeter, Wickie Stamps
USA
1995
70min
Prod Co Michelle Handelman Studio

Riding the third wave after the feminist sex wars of the 1980s Bloodsisters features fascinating interviews with writer Patrick Califia (then Pat), Queen Cougar (Ms San Francisco Leather 1993) and many others. One of the works that prompted a 1997 campaign by the American Family Association to argue for the abolition of public arts funding, this is a film whose relevance and importance is now abundantly clear. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, join us for the world premiere of this restored version of the film.

Jay Bernard

Additional information

Please note, this programme contains explicit sex.

A joint ticket for Blood Sisters and Bodily Autonomy is available at £22, concs £18 (BFI Members pay £2 less) available by phone or in person at the BFI Southbank box office.

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Dir Lina Bembe
Germany
2019
5min

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+ Tribute

A re-imagination of a lesbian cruising ground, in direct response to Annette Kennerley’s Sex Lies Religion.

Dir Max Disgrace, Lina Bembe
UK
2018
7min

A re-imagination of a lesbian cruising ground, in direct response to Annette Kennerley’s Sex Lies Religion.




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