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We would like to invite a performative response to REBEL DYKES (directed by Harri Shanahan & Sian A. Williams) from an early career Scotland-based performer / drag act / poet. 

Your performance will be a creative response to the film, and can be performance of any kind, within the technical limitations of the cinemas we’re working with. This micro-commission is designed to cover the costs of creating or adapting a new response to the Rebel Dykes film which could be through a 5-10 minute performance of any kind, to be performed and filmed on the following dates: 

17 December at Filmhouse, Edinburgh 

18 December at Belmont, Aberdeen   

We’re looking for fresh perspectives on the film and the themes within it from those with lived experience within the LGBTQI+ community of any age. 

REBEL DYKES: is a rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London, UK. The unheard story of a community of dykes who met doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world.

Click HERE to watch the trailer

Now in its 18th year, BIRDS’ EYE VIEW continues to spotlight, celebrate and create impact for films by women and non-binary people while building a community for those who make, show, release and watch them.

RECLAIM THE FRAME aims to re-tell the story of cinema by drawing ever greater audiences to films by women & non-binary creatives, and re-claim cinema as a truer reflection of the world we live in.  Click HERE to find out more about the project.


Micro-Commission Fee: £750 

Performance Fee: £300 for both nights incl travel 

Travel/ materials/misc: £100

Applicants will be Scotland-based performers and will deliver the finished work to Birds’ Eye View by the deadline below.


Deadline for applications: midday on midday 30 November

Successful applicant will be notified by: midday 2 December

Performance at Filmhouse, Edinburgh: 17 December 

Performance at Belmont, Aberdeen: 18 December 

To apply

To apply please send the following to Birds’ Eye View – with the subject heading Birds’ Eye View x Rebel Dykes

Proposal (max 1 A4 page) including what you would like to do, how it engages with the brief, examples of past performances together with the lived experience you bring to your work, how you intend to create and deliver your idea along with a link to your portfolio/cv, website and social media handles.

Notes to Applicants:

Engaging creative and representative individuals is a vital part of the RECLAIM THE FRAME project. We are therefore committed to ensuring the best candidates are appointed for this project, we welcome and encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds, including under-represented groups.

Reclaim The Frame is funded by the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.


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