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Gay erotic artist Tom of Finland’s life is getting made into a movie

Gay erotic artist Tom of Finland’s life is getting made into a movie

Finland’s best known artistic export to the world will be celebrated in the upcoming film Tom of Finland which will tell the story of the iconic gay erotic artist who inspired the Clone look and influenced the fantasies of generations of gay men.

Touko Laaksonen began submitting drawings to the American magazine Physique Pictoral in 1957 using the pseudonym Tom and the magazine’s editor began crediting him as ‘Tom of Finland.’

Before his death in 1991 he produced some 3,500 illustrations, mostly depicting hypermasculine gay erotic scenes.

The film has been three years in the planning but will now go forward after Protagonist Pictures came on board to handle worldwide sales for the picture.

The film will show Laaksonen coming home to Helsinki after a distinguished military service in World War II only to find himself persecuted over his sexuality during peace time.

Laaksonen feels pressured to get married to a woman and can only indulge in secret affairs with other men but finds refuge and liberation in his artistic expression which eventually developes a worldwide following and helps set the cultural tone for gay men in the age of gay liberation.

‘This is the story of a man ahead of his time, bravely standing up against a world virulently against his right to be who he was – a homosexual man with homosexual fantasies,’ Karukoski said in a statement to Deadline Hollywood.

‘The story shows how literally one person can create change in the world, even with something as simple as an artist’s tools.’

The screenplay has been written by Aleksi Bardy who is producing the film along with Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film.

The film will begin shooting during the European Spring this year in Gothenberg, Sweden.

Casting for the film has not yet been announced.

In 2014 Finland’s national postal service honored Laaksonen with a set of Tom of Finland stamps and an exhibition at the Finnish Postal Museum.

The stamps were a sell out success with people lining up to buy them and orders from 178 countries around the world.