After a couple of years where duelling biopics of Tom Of Finland were vying to get made. Now one is finally in the can and the first full for the movie about the artist, known for his images of musclebound and, err, well-endowed men in homoerotic poses, has arrived.
Born Touko Laaksonen, Tom Of Finland’s stylised images of hunky men with massive bulges, often wearing leather and/or uniforms, became iconic in the gay community. His popularity was initially helped by the fact that while many countries in the 1950s and 1960s saw photographs of naked and near-naked men as pornography, drawn pictures were classed as art and so Tom Of Finland’s images became extremely popular.
Despite the homophobic era his art came from, his stature has grown over the years to the point where the likes of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hold his images. The movie follow Laaksonen’s story, after he returns from the war to discover civilian life for a gay man is a battlefield in its own right. He finds refuge in his art.
Finnish and Swedish director Dome Karukoski directs the movie from a script by Aleksi Bardy. It should arrive in cinemas next year.
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