Daddy and the Muscle Academy is a documentary about the legendary illustrator and gay icon Tom of Finland. Tom, himself, 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 describing his drawing method and explains the personal and professional motives behind his drawings. Presenting early childhood sketches and the iconic leather men drawings, the viewer gets a retrospective of Tom’s worldwide known illustrations.
The documentary also includes leather men from different parts of the United States talking 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.
The Finnish Institute in London will present a Q&A prior to the film