My Beautiful Laundrette
MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (15)
D: Stephen Frears
Working Title/SAF/Channel 4 (Tim Bevan & Sarah Radclyffe)
UK 1985 (released 1986)
W: Hanif Kureishi
DP: Oliver Stapleton
Ed: Mick Audsley
Mus: Ludas Tonalis
Gordon Warnecke (Omar), Saeed Jaffrey (Nasser), Roshan Seth (Papa), Daniel Day-Lewis (Johnny), Shirley Anne Field (Rachel), Rita Wolf (Tania)
Originally made for and broadcast on TV, this multicultural drama received a cinema release following critical praise on the festival circuit.
This British drama, with a few moments of comedy, takes place in South London during the Thatcher-era, where a young Asian with entrepreneurial ambitions starts managing his uncle's launderette and has a love affair with a white racist.
The story handles a lot of issues incredibly well, tasteful with its balance of homosexuality, racism and a London area during a period of transition.