My Beautiful Laundrette

Series: Queer Commons Film Festival

Presented in 35mm, MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE  is #7 on the British Film Institute’s Top 30 LGBT Films of All Time .

In a seedy corner of London, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), a young Pakistani, is given a run-down laundromat by his uncle (Saeed Jaffrey), who hopes to turn it into a successful business. Soon after, Omar is attacked by a group of racist punks, but defuses the situation when he realizes their leader is his former lover, Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis). The men resume their relationship and rehabilitate the laundromat together, but various social forces threaten to compromise their success.

"Movies about London’s Pakistani community are so rare that My Beautiful Laundrette still carries the charge of something fresh and exciting, three decades after it was originally released... The movie has elements of a coming-of-age saga, a gay romance, a drug-smuggling thriller, and a redemption tale, but it works first and foremost as a portrait of a milieu that had previously been all but invisible onscreen, and that remains so to this day." - A.V. Club

QUEER COMMONS is a new, monthly film series created with the goal of bringing a little more queer content to the big screen. Old and new, serious and cheesy, the films in this series will have three things in common; queer content, they’re not on Netflix* and nobody dies**.

*There might be a little wiggle room on this one.

**Ok, the main characters don’t die, I can’t promise about anyone else


Thursday, April 7