My Beautiful Launderette
Film Screening + in-conversation with Gordon Warnecke
10 February 2022 - 7pm
To support LGBT+ History Month, we are screening the ground-breaking film My Beautiful Laundrette.
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.
My Beautiful Launderette was a film that dared to address racism, homophobia, and socio-political marginalisation in Margaret Thatcher’s 1985 England. Directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi, it was one of the first films released by Working Title Films. 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 in-conversation 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
Length: 1hr 37mins