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No Ifs or Buts

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Filming on and off for 20 years, first-time director Sarah Lewis delivers a vital portrait of Soho barbershop Cuts – not just a place to get your hair trimmed, but a space 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 post-punk roots to become a hip-hop club and communal hub for DJs, photographers and style icons. Weaving colourful footage with interview snippets – familiar faces include Boy George, Neneh Cherry, junglist Goldie and regular customer Isaac Julien – 'No Ifs or Buts' highlights the subcultural strands that once grew in the heart of the city. This ebullient documentary... also serves as a reminder of how pre-gentrification London was fertile ground for multicultural DIY creativity. (LFF Brochure)
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2018 - Create Strand - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
93 mins
Sarah Lewis 1st Feature
Sarah Lewis, Nic Tuft
Executive Producer
Giorgio di Mitri, Michael Kopelman
Daniel Goddard, Sarah Lewis, Ken Sallows
Director of Photography
John Hoare
Daniel Goddard
Additional Cinematography
Jenny Selden, Nic Tuft, Anne Scott Wilson

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Last updated 14th November 2018

Production Company

Felt Culture Ltd
Sarah Lewis