My Beautiful Laundrette. Image shows from L to R: Johnny (Daniel Day Lewis), Omar (Gordon Warnecke). Copyright: Film4.

My Beautiful Laundrette

1985 British comedy film about race, love and class. Stars Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day Lewis, Derrick Branche and others.

My Beautiful Laundrette - Dual Format Edition

My Beautiful Laundrette - Dual Format Edition

In Stephen Frears's groundbreaking and hugely successful drama, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), the son of a Pakistani immigrant, embarks on a venture to renovate his uncle's laundrette with the help of his childhood friend, ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis).

Written by Hanif Kureishi (The Buddha of Suburbia), My Beautiful Laundrette's bold exploration of sexuality, race, class and generational difference is compassionate, humorous and entertaining. A commercial and critical success, it earned Hanif Kureishi an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and launched the career of Daniel Day-Lewis.

First released: Monday 21st August 2017


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)
Typically British: A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (Stephen Frears, Michael Dibb, 1994, 74 mins): director Frears'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, 20 mins): a short film starring Nisha Nayar and Meera Syal exploring the physical and emotional violence of racism
Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Sarfraz Manzoor, Sukhdev Sandu, Simran Hans, Michael Brooke and Alex Davidson

  • Distributor: BFI
  • Region: B/2
  • Discs: 2
  • Minutes: 98
  • Subtitles: English

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