My Beautiful Launderette

Film Screening + Interview with Gordon Warnecke
10 February 2022 - 7pm

To complement our Frankie say 1984! Exhibition, further explore the social and political context of the mid-1980s and also support LGBT+ History Month, we are screening My Beautiful Laundrette. 


The 1985 British comedy-drama directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi was one of the first films released by Working Title Films.


The story is set in London during the Thatcher years, as reflected in the complex - and often comical - relationships between members of the Pakistani and English communities. The story focuses on Omar, played by Gordon Warnecke, a young Pakistani man living in London, and his reunion and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. The two become the caretakers and business managers of a laundrette originally owned by Omar's uncle Nasser.


The British Film Institute ranked My Beautiful Laundrette the 50th greatest British film of the 20th Century.


The screening will be followed by a special interview with actor Gordon Warnecke who not only starred in the film, but also appeared in a later stage version – this time taking on the role of Papa, Omar’s father.  Gordon will be in conversation with Joan Burnett - Joan is a Board member of Homotopia Arts, Manager at FACT Liverpool and a previous trustee of Pride in Liverpool.


Please note, our museum galleries are closed during film screenings.  There are no ads or trailers.


Director: Stephen Frears

Certificate: 15

Length: 1hr 37mins

Tickets £10