VALENTINE’S SPECIAL – My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

February 14, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
Hyde Park Picture House
73 Brudenell Rd
Leeds LS6 1JD
Adults £10 / Concessions £9 / Members £8
0113 2752045
VALENTINE'S SPECIAL - My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) @ Hyde Park Picture House

Stephen Frears delightfully transgressive love story, My Beautiful Laundrette, is also a work of social realism that dared to address racism, homophobia and socio political marginalization in Thatcher’s England.

30 years after it’s original release this culture clash comedy about a young Pakistani man who opens an upscale laundromat in South London aided by an old friend, has lost none of it’s original subversive or it’s romantic energy.

DIRECTOR: Stephen Frears
DETAILS: UK, 1985, 97mins, 15
STARRING: Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Gordon Warnecke

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Every February the UK celebrates LGBT History Month and we like to curate a season of films to mark the occasion. This year we decided to use as a jumping off point one of our favourite love stories of 2017, God’s Own Country. God’s Own Country won great acclaim in 2017 on the festival circuit with awards at both Berlin and Sundance. It was also a firm favourite amongst everyone here at the Picture House. While the depth of the film’s narrative clearly struck a chord with many I think the key to its success was how well it captured love in glorious, messy, passionate, and tender technicolour. Consequently, it’s perhaps unsurprising that when we asked the Director of the film, Francis Lee, what films inspired his feature debut, he gave us a fabulous list of 80s romances, all big hair and washed denim, alongside some of the best in contemporary Queer British cinema. From this longlist we have selected My Beautiful Laundrette (1984) and Working Girl (1988) to play alongside Gods Own Country and two of our other explorations of romantic love, Call My By Your Name (2017) and Carol (2015). As a group the five will hopefully play off one another, reminding us that however scary the wider world may look when living in love everything is achievable.

Accessibility: Level access is available to the stalls via the Brudenell Road fire exit. There are four wheelchair spaces in the auditorium. Sadly at this time our toilets are not accessible via wheelchair.

Soundtrack amplification through headset is available for all titles. Just ask a member of staff.

The Hyde Park Picture House will soon be undertaking major refurbishments. As part of this, we will be greatly improving access to the venue and will be reopening with non-gendered toilets. In the meantime, we appreciate the patience of our audience and fully support our audience using whichever toilet they feel most comfortable with.