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No Ifs or Buts

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© Mark Lebon


Filmed over a 22 year period, NO IFS OR BUTS delivers a portrait of Soho barbershop, Cuts, an iconic London hub for street fashion and pop innovators. Guided by freewheeling founders James Lebon and Steve Brooks, who met when one was a rockabilly and the other a New Romantic, the salon moved from early ’80s postpunk roots to become a hip-hop club and communal hub for DJs, photographers and style icons. But the film "is not just about the haircut", delivering an intimate portrait of Steve struggling with a traumatic past that threatens to derail the Cuts universe. The film traces profound and often tragic change in the hairdressers' lives within the wider context of the UK's political and cultural landscape- an anthem to the promise of youth and the friendships that endure over a lifetime.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2018 - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
93 mins
S16mm, S8mm, 4k, HDV, SD, VHS, iPhone
Sarah Lewis 1st Feature
Sarah Lewis, Nic Tuft
Jenny Selden
Executive Producer
Giorgio di Mitri, Michael Kopelman, Tyrone Lebon
Daniel Goddard, Sarah Lewis, Ken Sallows
Director of Photography
John Hoare, David Williams, Sarah Lewis
Daniel Goddard
Principal Cast
Steve Brooks, James Lebon, Pete Dowland, A. Daniel, Roy Davies, Boy George, Goldie, Neneh Cherry, Leigh Bowery
Additional Cinematography
Jenny Selden, Nic Tuft, Anne Scott Wilson

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Last updated 15th March 2019

Production Company

Felt Culture Ltd
Sarah Lewis