My Beautiful Laundrette
DetailsDirector: Stephen Frears Country: UK
Cert: 15 Year: 1985 Length: 97 minsLanguage: English/Urdu
Saeed Jaffrey, Daniel Day Lewis, Roshan Seth
Set within the Asian community in London, during the Thatcher years, Omar takes over the running of his Uncle Nasser's laundrette. He is helped by his lover Johnny who is an outsider, white but not entirely accepted by either the white or Asian Londoners.
A landmark film in which racial and sexual politics collide uneasily,this is the Hanif Kureishi (writer) and Stephen Frears collaboration that made Frears's reputation.
The strength of the film is its vision - cutting, compassionate and sometimes hilarious - of what it means to be Asian, and British, in Thatcher's Britain.