Stephen Frears’s landmark drama, My Beautiful Launderette was one of the four LGBT films released in 1985 that prompted Film Comment magazine to proclaim the arrival of the “Gay New Wave” (the others were Parting Glances, Desert Hearts and Dona Herlinda and Her Sons). Today marks the arrival of a brand new Blu-ray release of the film from the fabulous folks at the Criterion Collection. The Blu-ray includes a fresh new 2K digital transfer of the film and restored mono soundtrack plus conversations with director Frears and the film’s writer Hanif Kureishi.
Co-starring the hot young actor Daniel Day Lewis (in one if his earliest starring roles) as the white punk skinhead who falls in love with Pakistani laundry owner Gordon Warnecke, My Beautiful Launderette is a true gay classic that takes on homophobia and racism in Thatcher-era England and remains a favorite in the canon of LGBT cinema.
Thankfully Criterion landed on a cover design that incorporates the gay content of the film (Daniel Day Lewis licking Gordon Warnecke’s neck — on the right) as an update to the cheesy ’80s aesthetic of the original poster design (left) to appeal to contemporary audiences who will, hopefully, discover anew this wonderful romantic drama.