Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland

Leather, denim and elastic straining with swollen, hypersexualised musclemen undressing, groping, kissing and more. If you thought of Tom of Finland, you're not alone. His art has permeated gay fantasies in ways no other artist has before or since.

This film is based on his life and offers intriguing insights into both the man behind the explicit illustrations, his loves and family as well as the inspiration behind his work and iconic characters like Kake. Despite his upbringing in Finland, where homosexuality was viewed as an illegal act and a mental illness, Tom (or Touko) continued to be titillated by the authority figures around him and channeled his lust and pride into his art.

From his fledgling love with the gorgeous Nipa to his indoctrination into the American dream by superfans Doug and also gorgeous Jack and his subsequent reaction to the AIDS crisis of the early 80s, this film will excite, fascinate, arouse and inform you on one of the most recognisable gay icons in history.

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Classification: Over 18
Year: 2017
Director: Dome Karukoski
Producer: Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
Country: Finland
Language: English, German and Finnish with English subtitles
Cast: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn
Company Credits: Australian Distributor: Palace Films