Protagonist Pictures has announced “Tom of Finland,” a new biopic about the famed artist whose erotic drawings of masculine sexual archetypes became a major part of the gay civil rights movement and are now major collector’s items.
Aleksi Bardy wrote the screenplay for the film which follows the life story of Touko Laaksonen who returned home to Helsinki a hero during WW2. Persecuted for his homosexuality, he found refuge and liberation in his art – homoerotic drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations.
Known by his artist name of ‘Tom of Finland,’ he developed a worldwide following that helped fan the flames of a gay revolution in the United States.
The cast for the film will be announced at the Berlin Film Festival this coming weekend. Shooting will take place this Spring in Gothenberg, Sweden.
Source: Screen Daily