My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Synopsis

Set within the Asian community in London, My Beautiful Launderette is a love story concerned with identity and the entrepreneurial spirit during the Thatcher years. Omar (Gordon Warnecke) takes over the running of his uncle's laundrette with the intention of turning it into a success. He employs his childhood friend and ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) and they become lovers as well as working partners. Johnny's deserted gang become angry and Omar is forced to face increasingly difficult family issues. Written by Hanif Kureishi, the film tackles the difficult issues of racism, sexuality, bigotry, violence and politics in the early 1980s.

Technical Specs

Director: Stephen Frears
Year: 1985
Language: English
Duration: 90 min
Colour: Colour