My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Criterion Collection Edition #767

Stephen Frears was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE is his greatest triumph of the period. Working from a richly layered script by Hanif Kureishi, who was soon to be an internationally renowned writer, Frears tells an uncommon love story that takes place between a young South London Pakistani man (Gordon Warnecke), who decides to open an upscale laundromat to make his family proud, and his childhood friend, a skinhead (Daniel Day-Lewis, in a breakthrough role) who volunteers to help make his dream a reality. This culture-clash comedy is also a subversive work of social realism that dares to address racism, homophobia, and sociopolitical marginalization in Margaret Thatcher’s England.

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My Beautiful Laundrette
  • My Beautiful Laundrette

    Directed by Stephen Frears • 1985 • United Kingdom
    Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke

    Stephen Frears was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE is his greatest triumph of the period. Working from a ri...

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  • Stephen Frears on MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE

    In this conversation, recorded in London in the spring of 2015, director Stephen Frears talks to producer Colin MacCabe about the making of MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE.

  • Hanif Kureishi on MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE

    Hanif Kureishi earned an Oscar nomination for MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, his first screenplay. In the following interview, conducted in London in the spring of 2015, he discusses the film’s inspirations and the impact of its success.

  • Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe on MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE

    Originally conceived as a television movie, MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE was the first feature produced by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, the founders of Working Title. In this short piece, produced in 2015, the two discuss the film that forever changed their careers.

  • Oliver Stapleton on MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE

    MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE was the first feature collaboration between cinematographer Oliver Stapleton and director Stephen Frears, who would go on to work together on seven more films. In this interview, conducted in Devon, England, in April 2015, Stapleton talks about working with Frears on this ...