Stephen Frears MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE June 17th

On Criterion Channel June 17th

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.

SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: Interviews with writer Hanif Kureishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and director of photography Oliver Stapleton; and a conversation between director Stephen Frears and producer Colin MacCabe.

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