Magazine article Screen International

Dyke Hard

Magazine article Screen International

Dyke Hard

Article excerpt

Dir: Bitte Andersson. Sweden. 2014. 94mins

When everyone rejects you, there is always one alternative - to form a band and face the music with your lesbian crew, on the road in Sweden. With the palette and the cartoonish caricatures of a comic book - writer/director/producer Bitte Andersson is a comic artist - Dyke Hard is a Swedish lesbian band-on-the-run farce - in a Volvo, naturally.

Bitte Andersson bears watching. She's remarkably versatile and shameless in much of Dyke Hard. Who knows what she might do with a real budget and real actors?

It stands to retain that cult status until the next gay Swedish rock burlesque appears, hence a long berth in festivals at midnight and plenty of LGBT theatrical events worldwide. In English, the film shouldn't face any language barrier, although its Grand Guignol dramatic language and mock-rock internationalism seem to solve that problem.

It's a simple story. Dyke Hard, formed as a band of outcasts, has touched bottom after a flash of success and one hit song, Payback, and now the washed-up band is deserted by Riff (Lina Kurttila), its nasty lead singer with a Courtney Love mop of hair. Riff pledges revenge, fueling a villainous sub-plot

As the group journeys across Sweden to a battle of the bands, Dyke Hard exploits every gag in the book - vain resentful bitchy lead, bartenders who long to be prison guards, absurd efforts to curse in American accents, a lesbian glory hole at a petrol station in the hinterlands, and a house haunted by Morgana, a lesbian zombie (Yiva Maria Thompson), and that's before the last 500 kilometers of road.

After police catch the band with the body of Morgana, the group ends up in prison, on death row, the venue for a grand production number in orange jump sits - the new pink? - led by a cigar-chomping warden (Anitha Nygards) doing her twist on Helga, She-Wolf of the SS. …

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