To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

My Beautiful Laundrette

Director: Stephen Frears. Starring: Daniel-Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke. UK 1985. 97 mins.

Featuring Daniel Day Lewis in his breakthrough role as a right-wing extremist who falls for a Pakistani man, inadvertently stirring racial prejudices throughout their South London neighbourhood, Stephen Frears' iconic film is both a touching romance and a powerful depiction of the struggles of minorities in Thatcher’s Britain.