Barber Shop City

The barber shop culture that resides within the 32 boroughs of London is extensively unique unto itself. On the streets of South London there are over 500 operating barber shops, open to business to thousands of people that awash that city everyday. Having adopted a large Caribbean influence in many of the boroughs, London is home to a large number of Jamaican owned establishments.

These black barbershops often situated within the deep ethnic districts of the city have been providing a unique style to a vast number of clientele for decades and also during this time quickly came to function as an important part of the social economy. This film, an observational piece from filmmaker Mark Brown, takes us through just a few of the doors of just a few of that shops that are trading throughout the course of one day, to examine what creates such a thriving social environment.

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