My Beautiful Laundrette

Monday, August 19, 2013

Post-film discussion with Chitra Ganesh! 35mm print

This Queer Cinema landmark about a young British Pakistani who opens up a laundromat with his white punk lover (a very young Daniel Day-Lewis) was a late 80s inspiration for an entire generation. For acclaimed visual artist Chitra Ganesh, “the film’s greatness comes from not only  of the first films to represent queerness in South Asian subjects,” but also as a story of queer desire “animated by dynamics of immigration, class, colonialism, and the dubious promise of urban subcultures that were liberatory and racist in equal measure.” A film that will remind you what queer cinema has been and what it could be again!

  • Country UK
  • Year 1986
  • Director Stephen Frears

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