My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Sat 6 April, 12.00pm | Rich Mix, London

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Derrick Branche, Rita Wolf, Souad Faress, Richard Graham, Shirley Anne Field and Stephen Marcus
UK, 97 mins, 1985, English and Urdu with English Subtitles

In Association with Southall Black Sisters
The rise of religious fundamentalism in the 1980s, partly as the result of the failure of anti-racist politics in the UK, represented a serious setback to the nascent growth of women’s freedoms in the Asian community. This film along with Brick Lane (2007) touches on the fault lines within communities and questions explicitly the notion of community homogeneity thereby revealing the fallacy of multiculturalism and religious identity politics, issues that crop up time and again in SBS’s work.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) depicts an Asian community that defies pious stereotypes, a younger generation that asserts a non-conformist sexuality defiantly in the face of prejudice from white racists and conservative Asians.Path breaking for its time, it offered a timely critique of the race, class and gender upheavals under Thatcherism whilst also anticipating the demise of progressive secular identities.

Followed by a panel discussion on Subversion and Dissent

Venue: Rich Mix, London
Sat 6 April, 12.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.95