Biopic of Homoerotic Artist Tom of Finland Gets a Greenlight

Helsinki-filmi has set adored Finnish director Dome Karukoski to helm a biopic based on the life of gay illustrator Tom of Finland. The film will be the first authorized portrait of the influential Finnish pornographer, approved by the Tom of Finland Foundation.

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, "Tom of Finland", 1978, Photograph, © 1978 Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, “Tom of Finland”, 1978, Photograph, © 1978 Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Over the last decade, Karukoski has emerged as one of Finland’s premiere directors, picking up a multitude of awards and solidifying his place in the industry with box office results. Yet his topics are decidedly outside the Hollywood mainstream; Karukoski will make his English-language debut with the proposed Tom of Finland biopic.

Casting is expected to be announced in early 2014.








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