Stephen Frears delightfully transgressive love story, My Beautiful Laundrette, is also a work of social realism that dared to address racism, homophobia and socio political marginalization in Thatcher’s England.
30 years after it’s original release this culture clash comedy about a young Pakistani man who opens an upscale laundromat in South London aided by an old friend, has lost none of it’s original subversive or it’s romantic energy.
— Every February the UK celebrates LGBT History Month and we like to curate a season of films to mark the occasion. This year we decided to use as a jumping off point one of our favourite love stories of 2017, God’s Own Country. God’s Own Country won great acclaim in 2017 on the festival circuit with awards at both Berlin and Sundance. It was also a firm favourite amongst everyone here at the Picture House. While the depth of the film’s narrative clearly struck a chord with many I think the key to its success was how well it captured love in glorious, messy, passionate, and tender technicolour. Consequently, it’s perhaps unsurprising that when we asked the Director of the film, Francis Lee, what films inspired his feature debut, he gave us a fabulous list of 80s romances, all big hair and washed denim, alongside some of the best in contemporary Queer British cinema. From this longlist we have selected My Beautiful Laundrette (1984) and Working Girl (1988) to play alongside Gods Own Country and two of our other explorations of romantic love, Call My By Your Name (2017) and Carol (2015). As a group the five will hopefully play off one another, reminding us that however scary the wider world may look when living in love everything is achievable.
— Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Gordon Warnecke
Director: Stephen Frears
Details: 97min, UK, 1985, cert: 15