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February 25th 2021

Cinemoments: My Beautiful Laundrette

Cinemoments: My Beautiful Laundrette

During these trying and uncertain times, we have been trying to spread a little bit of love and movie magic by showcasing some of our favourite moments in film.

We're ending our month-long celebration of Valentine's Day with British indie classic My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). Directed by Stephen Frears from an Oscar® and BAFTA-nominated screenplay by Hanif Kureishi, this film was among the first released by Working Title and is an emblem of British cinema in the 80s.

When Omar (Gordon Warnecke) runs into his former lover Johnny (a very young Daniel Day-Lewis), he invites him to join his new venture running his uncle’s laundromat. As they flip the run-down laundrette into a popping neighborhood locale, Omar and Johnny rekindle their romance despite the obstacles presented by Omar’s traditional Pakistani family and Johnny’s fascist friends. In this sweet scene that ends the film, the two men have overcome challenges of culture, class, ethnicity, and family expectations to be together. Featuring a groovy score by Stanley Myers and Hans Zimmer, we love this important film for its raw representation of 1980s Wandsworth, its star-making performances, and it’s reminder that love always prevails!

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