The Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, in partnership with Studio Voltaire, have launched a Just Giving campaign for a Rainbow Plaque dedicated to ‘My Beautiful Laundrette‘.

The iconic movie was filmed across Wandsworth, Battersea and Vauxhall in 1985. It remains ground-breaking in its bold exploration of issues of sexuality, race, class and generational difference. As well as launching the career of 3-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day Lewis. 

The exterior of Powders Laundrette at night

11 Wilcox Road marks the location of where ‘Powders’ laundrette was based and where the plaque will be installed (in the pavement) if we reach our target of £2500. 

11 Wilcox Road today, the photo shows the exterior of a closed, shuttered cafe.

This will be the Forums’ second Rainbow Plaque campaign following 2019’s successful fundraiser and installation for ‘Oscar Wilde’ on Platform 10 of Clapham Junction station.

It will also be the first of the Rainbow plaques to incorporate the Progress Pride colours.

The Oscar Wilde plaque at Clapham Junction station

My Beautiful Launderette is often regarded as a classic of British Cinema, in 1999 The British Film Institute ranked My Beautiful Laundrette the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century.

Johnny and Omar standing in front of the laundrette

Hanif Kureishi, the films screenwriter, said: 

“Everyone who worked on My Beautiful Laundrette is thrilled and delighted to be associated with the Rainbow Plaque, which not only celebrates us but the whole of the LGBTQ community and their continuing work for freedom in these difficult times”

David Robson, Chair Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, said:

“It’s taken us over 4 years to realise this project but it will be well worth the wait to see it installed in the ground of Wilcox road as a permanent memorial to this important piece of work. 

MBL is not just a classic British movie but a pioneer of intersectionality and the redesign of the Rainbow Plaque to incorporate the Progress Pride colours reflects that. “

There will be an ‘Out at Clapham‘ screening of the film at Clapham Picturehouse on July 24th and will be followed by a Q&A with Stephen Frears (Director), Hanif Kureshi (Writer) and Gordon Warnecke (Omar). 

Tickets for the screening are on sale now via the Clapham Picturehouse website £2 per ticket will go to direct to the Just Giving campaign. 

And you can donate to the campaign via Just Giving on the link below.