A story set in south London of a young man who takes over the management of a laundrette. This award winning film tells the story of Omar, a Pakistani boy determined to make good in Thatcher’s Britain. Shady business deals, family politics and the romantic relationship between Omar and his former school friend Johnny form the background to this funny yet honest portrayal of life within the Pakistani community in south London.

Director Stephen Frears

Writer Hanif Kureishi

Cast Daniel Day Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Gordon Warnecke, Shirley Anne Field

Producers Tim Bevan, Sarah Radclyffe

Production Credits Working Title Films, SAF Productions, Channel Four Films

Stephen Frears

Festival Section Year Location
Bergamo Film Meeting
Edinburgh Film Festival
San Franciso Film Festival
Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival