Set within the Asian community in London, 'My Beautiful Launderette' is an unusual love story concerned with identity and entrepreneurial spirit during the Thatcher years. Omar (Gordon Warnecke) takes over the running of his wheeler-dealer uncle's launderette with the intention of turning it into a glittering place of commercial success. When he employs childhood friend and ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) they become lovers as well as working partners. However, complications soon ensue as the anger of Johnny's deserted gang begins to build and Omar is forced to face increasingly difficult family issues.
1986 Q&A at the ICA with Stephen Frears, Hanif Kureishi, Sarah Radclyffe and Tim Bevan (1986, 98 mins, audio only)
Gordon Warnecke on My Beautiful Laundrette (2015, 25 mins)
Original Theatrical Trailer
Typically British: A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (Michael Dibb and Stephen Frears, 1994, 77 mins): the director's affectionate exploration of British cinema and the films that influenced him I'm British But... (Gurinder Chadha, 1989, 30 mins): fascinating documentary on what it meant to be a young British Asian in the 1980s from the director of 'Bend It Like Beckham'
Memsahib Rita (Prathiba Parma, 1994, 19 mins): a short film starring Nisha Nayar and Meera Syal exploring the physical and emotional violence of racism