With razor sharp comedy and a generous helping of inner-city wit, Deadly Cuts follows the exploits of four young stylists in a working class hair salon and their exploits. When the styling trio of Stacey, Gemma, Chantelle and their boss Michelle face the triple whammy of gangs, gentrification and corrupt councillors, they accidentally become vigilantes and community heroes. Michelle (played by Angeline Ball, The Commitments) must lead the girls through a talent contest she dreads due to her secret past life, when the group challenges the local gang members and gentrifiers threatening their community.
Closing the Dublin International Film Festival in 2021 and opening to enormous fanfare in Ireland this October, Deadly Cuts offers a blackly comic version of the female-led formula, in Rachel Carey’s feature debut. Think Bridesmaids or even Mean Girls, but with very loud Finglas-foiled highlights. Also, watch out for Pauline McLynn in a way over-the-top rendition as a stuffy judge at the talent contest.