My Beautiful Laundrette (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI


In Stephen Frears’ controversial and hugely successful drama, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), the son of a Pakistani immigrant to the UK, embarks on a venture to renovate his uncle’s laundrette with the help of his childhood friend, ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day Lewis).

Now available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, My Beautiful Laundrette remains ground-breaking in its bold exploration of issues of sexuality, race, class and generational difference.

Heralded as one of Britain’s most commercially and critically successful films of 1986, it earned Hanif Kureishi an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay as well as launching the career of Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Special Features

Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
1986 Q&A at the ICA with Stephen Frears, Hanif Kureishi, Sarah Radclyffe and Tim Bevan (1986, 98 mins, audio only)
Gordon Warnecke on My Beautiful Laundrette (2015, 25 mins)
Typically British: A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (Stephen Frears, Michael Dibb, 1994, 77 mins): director Stephen Frears affectionate exploration of British cinema and the films that influenced him
I'm British But… (Gurinder Chadha, 1989, 30 mins): fascinating documentary on what it meant to be a young British Asian in the 1980s from the director of Bend it Like Beckham
Memsahib Rita (Prathiba Parma, 1994, 19 mins): a short film starring Nisha Nayar and Meera Syal exploring the physical and emotional violence of racism
Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Sarfraz Manzoor, Sukhdev Sandu, Simran Hans, Michael Brooke and Alex Davidson