The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather?
Reasons to Buy
- Dome Karukoski's stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950's through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s.
- Tom's story is one of love, courage and perrseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.
- This film has earned near universal acclaim from critics and gay audiences (including John Waters, who included it on his Top Ten list for 2017). The film was also Finnland's official submission to the Academy Awards.
DVD FeaturesDeleted Scenes
Discussion at Tom's House
I Am Tom of Finland Campaign Featurette
Interviews with Durk Dehner, co-founder of the Tom of Finland Company