Phoenix Cinema, 4.30PM, 15 December.
With My Beautiful Laundrette, adapted from Hanif Kureshi's novel, Director: Stephen Frears not only helped launch the career of Daniel Day-Lewis, but captured the zeitgeist and busted taboos. A powerful and funny depiction of love, poverty and racial tension in London's rough surburbs during the time of Thatcher. Cinemania have organised a screening and lecture on the film at the Phoenix Cinema next week.
Cinemania is a specially curated series of film screenings open to everyone, but only £4 for under 24s.
Set in the Pakistani community of London, My Beautiful Laundrette follows the fortunes of handsome young Omar who, together with his English friend Johnny, takes over a run-down laundrette given to him by his wealthy uncle. Together they transform it into a gaudy, neon-lit palace complete with muzac and video screens. Against a background of racial tension and poverty in the rough London suburb, their own relationship, portrayed with tenderness and passion, blossoms to love.
This screening will be introduced by Graham Rinaldi, freelance film writer and lecture, specialising in British Cinema of the 1930's to the 1980's. Author of the biography of British Comic Actor, Will Hay.
Part of BFI Love, in partnership with Plusnet, this programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London and proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network bfi.org.uk/love