Boy George might have been referring to the area that surrounded cult Soho hairdressers Cuts as “a community centre for weirdos”, but, true to the spirit of the Blitz kids, the myth stuck. Kensington Market, in which the salon initially resided within a tiny basement stall, became home to one of British style subculture’s secret spots – which, three decades after it opened, is now the subject of a film.
“They probably all got their hair cut there if we’re being honest,” laughs film maker Sarah Lewis, referring to the Blitz kids and feminised men, masculine women and genderless in-between whom frequented the market in the late 70s, early 80s. Lewis has dedicated almost two decades of her life to bringing the teeming 35-year history of Cuts to the screen. “But Cuts was more than just weirdos,” she says earnestly. “It was a community.” The result of nearly two decades of work, Lewis plans to finish the film by December, gaining the final funding via crowdfunding site phundee.com.