On July 24th, Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum in partnership with Studio Voltaire, Clapham Picturehouse and supported by Lambeth Council, will present a very special screening of an all-time British cinema classic, My Beautiful Laundrette.

Not only is the event the official launch of the Rainbow Plaque campaign but the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s cast and crew: Stephen Frears (Director) Hanif Kureishi (Writer) and Gordon Warnecke (Actor), hosted by David Robson (Out at Clapham).

£2 from each ticket will go towards the launch event for the installation of Rainbow Plaque on Wilcox Road, the site of Powders, which is hoped to happen in early September.

The campaign to install the plaque was launched on June 28th, to mark the end of Pride Month, and went on to reach it’s target in a record breaking 6 days. 

Tickets for the screening are on sale now 

Hanif Kurieshi (My Beautiful Launderette – Screenwriter) said “Everyone who worked on My Beautiful Launderette is thrilled and delighted to be associated with the Rainbow Plaque, which not only celebrates us but the whole of the LBGTQ community and their continuing work for freedom in these difficult times”

Out at Clapham is thought to be London’s longest running LGBTQ+ film club.

Dan Hawkins (Manager – Clapham Picturehouse), David Robson (Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum & Out at Clapham Host) and Agnieszka Szara, established the club in 2013 with a screening of ‘How to Survive A Plaque’ on World AIDS Day as a partnership project between the Clapham Picturehouse Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum. 

Since then, it has gone on to screen 70 films/documentaries in 8 years including Supernova, Judy, Whitney, Chemsex, A Deal with the Universe, Are You Proud?, Pride and The Happy Prince. The latter of which became the inspiration for London’s first Rainbow Plaque campaign, in memory of Oscar Wilde back in 2019.

The screenings tend to focus on new LGBTQ+ cinema releases and often come as previews and Q&S’s with the Cast and Directors such as: Nick Broomfield, David Livingstone, Harry McQueen and the Lesbians, Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) 

But it is not always about the new releases. They also screen classics for the midnight Halloween specials (Rocky Horror, Clue and Hocus Pocus) and of course, the upcoming screening of ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. 

Out At Clapham is much more than a trip to the cinema. It’s a tool of engagement on the issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, creating a safe space for people to socialise along the way.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (Halloween 2019)

Dan Hawkins (Clapham Picturehouse Manager) Said 

“At Clapham Picturehouse we love our local community and film strands such as Out at Clapham are a huge part of who we are. I am extremely proud of everything we’ve achieved over the last eight years in bringing the best of LGBTQ+ cinema to Clapham and personally there have been many highlights, from preview screenings of award-winning releases such as God’s Own Country, Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name to bringing much smaller indy gems to a wider audience like Kiki, Beach Rats, Strike a Pose and 1985. However, nothing beats having the filmmakers in the house talking about their work, as we have had for Supernova, Judy, Pride, A Deal with the Universe and many more!

My Beautiful Laundrette is a landmark in British film in so many ways and we are all thrilled to be part of the rainbow plaque project that will help acknowledge its enduring resonance and help tie it to the local community. We very much look forward to welcoming Stephen, Hanif and Gordon to screen 1 this week!” 

Carol Mckay (Director of Programming for Picturehouse) said  

“Picturehouse are very proud of everything that Out at Clapham has achieved over its 8 years. 

The team work so hard to deliver a diverse selection of films and documentaries that is representative of the LGBTQ+ community and offers a safe space to debate the issues presented on screen.

I’m pleased to see that OAC are bouncing back stronger than ever with the recent preview Q&A screening of ‘Supernova’ and this week’s very special screening of ‘My Beautiful Laundrette.

Long may it run”