My Beautiful Laundrette

Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Syed Jaffrey
Run time: 97 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15
Language: English, Urdu with English subtitles | Year: 1985 | Country: UK


The iconic British comedy-drama written by Hanif Kureishi tells a story of culture, capitalism and sexuality in 80s Britain. Naseer (Syed Jaffrey), is a small time entrepreneur and admirer of Thatcher. He gives his shy nephew Omar (Gordon Warnecke), the dubious task of making a rundown laundrette profitable, all starts well until Omar’s erstwhile street punk friend Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) turns up and they all get into a lather.

With a rare on-stage conversation with Hanif Kureishi

Image credit: MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE © 1985 Film Four Limited. All Rights Reserved.


Stephen Frears

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London | BFI Southbank
June 18, 2021 8:20 pm

Q&A with special guest

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