My Beautiful Laundrette

Topics: My Beautiful Laundrette, Western world, Western culture Pages: 4 (1362 words) Published: November 3, 2009
'All cultures are involved in one another, none is single and pure, all are hybrid, heterogeneous, extraordinarily differentiated, and unmonolithic' (Said, 1993, p.xxiv)

To what extent does thois quote apply to identity as it is presented in My Beautiful Laundrette and/or This Is England?

The oscar winning film My Beautiful Laundrette was made in 1985 and directed by Stephen Frears. Hanif Kureishi was also nominated for best sreenplay, and it was heralded as one of Britain's most comercial and critically successful films during various 1986 film awards. The film is episodic as it was originally planned to be shown in episodes, it was made with television funding by Channel Four which explains why Oliver Stapleton the cinematograher sticks mainly to tight framing and close ups. It also intended to use elements of social realism as used by the British cinematic movement of earlier decades. The film can be used as a critique of Thatcherism, a time when ironically the political and cultural background of the era led to a revival in British cinema although there was little funding on offer to film producers. The film is set in south London during the eighties, a time when there was industrial unrest in Britain, controling law and order was a problem for the government, over three million people were unemployed, there was poverty in many of the countries urban areas aswell as racial conflict which saw a string of rioting in areas of London and in other cities. Set within this Thatcherite context the film focuses on life for Asians in Britain and demonstates how eastern and western cultures are intwined to create a new hybrid culture and sense of identity. The start of the film defamiliarises the viewer by inverting stereotypes as an Asian businessman Salim (Derrick Benche) flanked by black heavies to evict the poor white marginalised people living in his property and reflecting the social deprivation at the same time, he is portrayed as an interloper...
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