￼A couple of weeks back, the UK city of Brighton saw the opening of the AONO Barbershop, a haven for all the fans of traditional gents haircuts. Supported by male grooming experts, UPPERCUT DELUXE, the shop saw queues forming down the street and appearances from some big names in UK barbering.
'A Barber’s life' follows the build up to this time, focusing on the stories of owner, Paul Hewitt and the rest of his crew.
Directed by Jonathan Nicol, and with camera work from photographer Joe Pearson, and DOP Richard Osborne, the film is a striking visual mixture of inspiring interviews and personal stories; along with visual examples of just how skilled the men in this trade are.
Forget everything you thought you knew about barbering. The #AONOFAMILY are dominating UK hairdressing with skateboards, streetwear (of which AONO has it’s own brand) and tattoos. The documentary itself is filmed with a similar sense of ‘coolness’, with smooth camera shots and an exciting aesthetic. #BARBERLIFE
I think it was at springtime 2012, when I came across David Shiyang Lius lovely piece of work about Ira Glass. It was the most inspiring and motivating video, I have ever seen in my life. I watched it over and over again, listened to Ira Glass’ voice and told myself, that I am not the only person who is constantly disappointed about the gap between ones taste and ones skills. Later on in 2012 I decided to do an own filmed version of Iras interview - use my own language to tell his message. It took me about a year from concept to upload.
I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt with his creative career. I also think that Ira Glass’ message isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.
Ira Glass whom I’ve never met in real life but had such a big influence in my development. Thank you for telling beginners, what nobody else does.
David Shiyang Liu for the video, that initiated me to start that project. You all should watch his awesome kineticTypo-version here: vimeo.com/24715531
The people from current.tv who originally recorded the interview with Ira Glass. See the relevant part here: youtube.com/watch?v=BI23U7U2aUY
Steven Sasseville for painting the “taste”-painting for me.
Pedro Sousa for his advice and working his ass off at the “creative work”-chalkboard.
Wolfgang Kraus for letting me borrow his sound equipment.
Kai Löhnert for working out on his birthday in the “fight”-take.
Wolfgang Hendrik Schnabel for giving me the museum-like atmosphere and his silhouette in the painting-takes.
Hermiyas Ötztürk for his hairy “good enough”-hand.
Orange Hive Studio for light equipment and location.
Mima and Heinz Sax-Schmitz for the location of the “ambitions”-take and finding me the “finish 1 story”-typewriter.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
Solveig Gold for beeing the most patient and supporting person in my life. She appears in a lot of scenes in this video.
Jutta and Uwe Sax for several equipment and their support.