Conan The Barbarian (1982) dir: John Milius
Only Yesterday (1991) dir: Isao Takahata
Arriety (2010) dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) dir: George Lucas
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) dir: David O. Russell
The Organ Grinder’s Monkey (2011) dir: Jake and Dinos Chapman
S.W.A.T. (2003) dir: Clark Johnson
Casino (1995) dir: Martin Scorsese
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) dir: Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) dir: Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) dir: Peter Jackson
The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) dir: Hayao Miyazaki
Ip Man 2 (2010) dir: Wilson Yip
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) dir: Richard Marquand
The Skin I Live In (2011) dir: Pedro Almodóvar
Three Colours: Red (1994) dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Chinatown (1974) dir: Roman Polanski
Doubt (2008) dir: John Patrick Shanley
Robocop (1987) dir: Paul Verhoeven
Synecdoche, New York (2008) dir: Charlie Kaufman
Contagion (2011) dir: Steven Soderbergh
Ronin (1998) dir: John Frankenheimer
Wild River (1960) dir: Elia Kazan
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) dir: Martin Scorsese
Philosopher Simon Critchley and Philip Seymour Hoffman wrestle with concepts of happiness, love, and death with the same courage and compelling insight that Hoffman brought to his roles. Recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art on December 17, 2012.
Trim reviewed by Sophie Waddy
LONDON FILM REVIEW. 1.2.14
Edited, produced and directed by John Vanderpuije, Trim is a short documentary that focuses on Diligence, the West Ealing hair salon that, when it opened in 2001, claimed to be the first truly multicultural establishment of its kind in London. The opening sequence declares its owners, Stephen Sullivan and Pekka Ikomi, ‘the best Afro-Euro barbers in the UK’, and the pair have now won so many awards they’re banned from entering some competitions. Trim tells their story.
Vanderpuije expertly cuts and trims his film – letting us glimpse the pair’s lives through a mixture of quirky, colourful shots, pictures, words and subtitles. It is as much a showcase of the barbers’ talent and original and impressive hair designs as it is a story about their friendship. We learn about the unorthodox way they met, how they cope with the hustle and bustle of their busiest days, and the tensions of entering competitions against each other. However, it is the quieter moments they spend together, opening up shop on a Monday morning and ritualistically cutting each other’s hair, that are truly touching.
Ultimately, Trim is a heart-warming story about a modern day ‘family’ business – a family that spreads more widely, and is more accepting, than any other. Although the pair comment that they wouldn’t necessarily want their own children working the long hours that they do, their success is shown through the strong team that they have built up, and their ever-expanding and diverse client base, some who keep returning year after year.
Ikomi amusingly claims that even if his clients complain, they keep coming back. And so did I. I liked the film so much I watched it twice.
WATCH TRIM: HERE