My Beautiful Laundrette

Dir: Stephen Frears
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey
98mins   1985   UK   15   English | Urdu   

Part of QueerFest 2024

Following the Screening of Stephen Friars' breakthrough gay cult classic we will be inviting you for a post film discussion. Michael Lawrence, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex, will consider the ways gay representation has changed over the decades in cinema from the 1980s to present day.

In a seedy corner of London, Omar, a young Pakistani, is given a run-down laundromat by his uncle, who hopes to turn it into a successful business.

Soon after, Omar is attacked by a group of racist punks, but defuses the situation when he realizes their leader is his former lover, Johnny.

The men resume their relationship and rehabilitate the laundromat together, but various social forces threaten to compromise their success.

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