Gay Film: ‘Tom of Finland’

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Starring Pekka Strang and Seumas F. Sargent. Directed by Dome Karukoski


If you’re part of the repressed gay culture in South Africa of the ‘80s and ‘90s, you’re sure to know, and have (illegal at the time!) copies of the bulging, button-popping illustrations of musclebound men drawn by Tom of Finland. Touko Valio Laaksonen started drawing oversized men with pants so swollen, a wedding cake could fit in there. He gave a voice and much appreciated fantasies and satisfaction to a generation of frustrated men. The film is quite serious, often slow-moving but always true to the tortured soul of a man who broke boundaries with his sketches.

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