Have you heard about the London hairdressers where David Bowie, Goldie, Rupert Everett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve McQueen, Neneh Cherry, the Beastie Boys, Guy Ritchie and Sean Penn have been to get their hair cut?
Nope, it’s not a swanky Mayfair salon with 100-carat light fittings and Armand de Brignac on tap – it’s Cuts, a Frith Street salon that’s been at the epicentre of London street culture for nearly 30 years. The salon was launched in 1979 by late hairdresser James Lebon and has been at the – ahem – cutting-edge of style and sub-culture ever since.
It’s now the focus of an epic documentary from filmmaker Sarah Lewis, that’s been 19 years in the making. The feature-length flick focuses on the political and social changes that have affected life in Soho and at Cuts over the past 18 years. ‘History reveals itself through the salon,’ says Sarah. ‘You meet the most extraordinary people sitting on the sofas. It really brings people together, and people have great conversations.’ The film includes interviews with the salon’s most extraordinary visitors as well as archive footage of life at the shop back in the day.
Sarah’s using crowd funding site Phundee to raise the final £50,000 she needs to bring out the feature film. While more than £14,000 has already been pledged in support of the project, she’s still off target with 26 days left.