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Tributes and Retrospectives - Stephen Frears

Awards:

Nominated for Best Original Screenplay – Academy Awards Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Original Screenplay – BAFTAS

Crew:

Director: Stephen Frears
Screenwriter: Hanif Kureishi
DOP: Oliver Stapleton
Production: Working Title Films, SAF Productions, Channel Four Films

My Beautiful Laundrette

A film by Stephen Frears

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During Thatcher’s ruling, My Beautiful Laundrette details the Asian community in South London which, at the time, was encouraged to value wealth and trust a system of meritocracy. When Omar, a young Pakistani man, is hired to work at his uncle Nasser’s laundrette, he asks his boyfriend Johnny – who isn’t accepted by Omar’s community – to help him. A cultural and subversive comedy tackling issues of racism, marginalization and homophobia within their political context.
  • Cast:

    Daniel-Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth
  • Original Title:

    My Beautiful Laundrette
  • Country:

    United Kingdom
  • Year:

    1985
  • 97 min Subtitles PT

Awards:

Nominated for Best Original Screenplay – Academy Awards Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Original Screenplay – BAFTAS

Crew:

Director: Stephen Frears
Screenwriter: Hanif Kureishi
DOP: Oliver Stapleton
Production: Working Title Films, SAF Productions, Channel Four Films

Director

Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears (1941, Leicester, UK) is an English film and TV director most known for his approach to social and political issues through complex characters.  

Among the many films he directed, one can find Gumshoe (1971), his first feature film, My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), with Daniel-Day Lewis,  Prick Up Your Ears (1987), nominated for the Palme d’Or in Cannes, the successful Dangerous Liaisons (1988), subsequently earning Frears several Academy Awards, and Grifters (1990).  Frears was commended on his film High Fidelity (2000), based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby, and Dirty Pretty Things (2002), about immigrants in London.

With The Queen (2006), starring renowned actress Helen Mirren, Frears’ film gathered an Academy Award and was raved at countless film festivals, reaping the FIPRESCI Prize in Competition at the Venice Film Festival.  More recently, Frears directed Philomena (2013), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) and Victoria & Abdul (2017), three films which were internationally celebrated.
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