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tom of finland – daddy and the muscle academy

1991
55 min
16/35 mm / 1:1,33 / Stereo surround
2K DCP / 1:1,85 Pillarbox 1:1,40 / Audio 5.1

TOM OF FINLAND is one of the gay world’s few authentic icons. His drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity – not only on the visual appearance of gay people, but also on their attitudes and self-understanding.

DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY is the only film ever made with Tom of Finland. The film uses a variety of visual elements, including:

Tom of Finland in his own words.
Tom tells his own life story, starting with his childhood in rural Finland, and going on to the influence on him of WWII, his drawings and his experience in the United States. Tom also describes his drawing method and explains the personal and professional motives behind his drawings.

A retrospective of Tom’s drawings.
There are hundreds of Tom’s original works, starting with his early childhood drawings and first sketches. The development of Tom’s photorealistic style is illustrated using images from various magazines, books and posters spanning five decades. Tom’s last color originals are also included.

Tom’s men and their stories.
Leather men from different parts of the United States talk about how Tom’s drawings have influenced their own lives. There are also interviews with fellow artists Etienne and Nayland Blake, Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild and Durk Dehner of the Tom of Finland Foundation.

Daddy and the Muscle Academy shows how Tom of Finland’s work passed from being the private fantasies of a man in Europe to underground images that shaped a generation’s ideas of how a gay man could look and act. – Tom’s work is a blueprint for the appearance and attitudes of gay men in the latter part of the 20th century.

Tom of Finland's ultimate leather men are known and seen all over the world. They are key icons of Western visual culture.
 

Tom's Man

 

Leathernica

 

Reel #1 Stills

 

Reel #2 Stills

 

Reel #3 Stills

DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY
Written & directed by ILPPO POHJOLA
Cinematography KJELL LAGERROOS
Rostrum photography SEPPO RINTASALO
Film editor JORMA HÖRI
Sound & mixing KIKEONO
Original music by ELLIOT SHARP
Financial support AVEK, FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION
In co-operation with YLE/TV2 & TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
Producers KARI PALJAKKA & ALVARO PARDO
TOM OF FINLAND (1920-1991)
portrait by ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
© & courtesy of Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY
– RESTORATION 2017
Color restoration MARKO TERÄVÄ
Image remastering JARI HAKALA
Edit & file handling HEIKKI KOTSALO
Audio restoration JIM MCKEE
Audio remastering engineer
OLLI PÄRNÄNEN
Graphics NIKO SKORPIO
Back office ATHANASÍA AARNIOSUO
DCP TOMMI GRÖHN
Digital restoration support
AVEK, FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION
Producer ILPPO POHJOLA