Stephen Frears

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

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.

Film Info

  • Stephen Frears
  • United Kingdom
  • 1985
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #767

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Oliver Stapleton, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Stephen Frears and producer Colin MacCabe
  • New interviews with writer Hanif Kureishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and Stapleton
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Graham Fuller

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Oliver Stapleton, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Stephen Frears and producer Colin MacCabe
  • New interviews with writer Hanif Kureishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and Stapleton
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Graham Fuller

New cover by Eric Skillman

My Beautiful Laundrette
Cast
Saeed Jaffrey
Nasser
Roshan Seth
Papa
Daniel Day-Lewis
Johnny
Gordon Warnecke
Omar
Derrick Branche
Salim
Shirley Anne Field
Rachel
Charu Bala Chokshi
Bilquis
Souad Faress
Cherry
Rita Wolf
Tania
Richard Graham
Genghis
Gurdial Sira
Zaki
Stephen Marcus
Moose
Credits
Director
Stephen Frears
Writer
Hanif Kureishi
Producers
Sarah Radclyffe
Producers
Tim Bevan
Director of photography
Oliver Stapleton
Editor
Mick Audsley
Production design
Hugo Luczyc Wyhowski
Music
Ludus Tonalis
Casting
Debbie McWilliams
Costume designer
Lindy Hemming
Makeup
Elaine Carew
Sound recordist
Albert Bailey

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