My Beautiful Laundrette
Director: Stephen Frears Run Time: 98 min. Release Year: 1985
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Derrick Branche, Gordon Warnecke, Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey
My Beautiful Laundrette is a dramedy that chronicles the journey of Omar, a young Anglo-Pakistani man, as he takes charge of his uncle’s failing laundromat business and rekindles a romance with a man from his past.
“My Beautiful Laundrette was still revolutionary in the way it depicted its gay relationship. I feel that this story remains an incredible landmark in the history of LGBT+ cinema. At the height of the AIDS epidemic when this movie was released, there was little call for positive queer representation in the media, let alone an almost utopian interracial relationship between a Pakistani man and a gay punk. Stephen Frears and Hanif Kureishi (the screenwriter) took an exceptional risk to create something magical and pure — something resembling a queer fairytale.” Kristin Haegelin (She/Her), OUTWrite