Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski as been award production funding for his upcoming feature film, Tom of Finland. The film, which has spent several years in development, will be the first authorised biopic of iconic gay artist Touko Laaksonen, nicknamed ‘Tom of Finland’. Tom of Finland was known for his homoerotic fetish art and his influence on the late twentieth century gay culture. He has been called the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images” by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade, and over the course of four decades he created over 3500 illustrations of homoerotic acts.
The film has been awarded 2.3 million NOK from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund, and is set to start production next February. Karukoski is best known for The Grump and Lapland Odyssey.