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An artist with forbidden sexuality becomes an international gay icon.
Miikka Haleyi
9 Team Members

UPDATE NOV 18, 2013

UPDATE NOV 10, 2013:

TOM the Movie crowdfunding has ended. Thank you everyone for supporting the movie! We didn't exactly meet our goal, but don't worry! Every cent donated will go to actual pre-production of the film.

All of you who chose a perk will be contacted before the end of November 2013 for the delivery.

Remember to join TOM the Movie on Facebook and Twitter for future updates and production development.

See you soon!


TOM Crew


TOM the Movie tells the story of how the artist Touko Laaksonen, who needs to hide his sexuality, becomes an international gay icon, Tom of Finland. The movie is an international independent feature film produced by Finland based Special Film Company. The movie will be filmed in the summer 2014 and released worldwide in the early 2015.

This movie needs to be as uncompromising, passionate and bold as Touko's art was. To make a striking picture that Tom's men everywhere can be proud of, we need to look beyond traditional sources of funding. Crowdfunding has proved its power to make independent and daring stories to come true. That's why we have decided to rely on the awesome community surrounding our production to ensure complete artistic freedom to re-create Touko's fantasies on screen.

Until the year 1971, being gay in Finland could land you in jail for years. There was a boy born in 1920. In his childhood he drew pictures of naked men. While drawing, he wore only leather boots. As a young man he fought in the war and had sex with his fellow soldiers, both Finnish and German. During his adulthood he lived a double life: by day, a talented advertising artist and a pianist, by night a genius creator of erotic drawings. We remember him through leather, huge muscles, even larger cocks and humour -- empowering the masculine gay man. You know the artist Tom of Finland. Now meet Touko.

The movie is set in the 50's, when Touko became Tom. The era is an unspoken chapter in Finland’s history. Thousands of homosexuals were arrested in police raids and house searches, people were sentenced to jail for years, and those caught had their names published in the newspapers. Many couldn't cope with the shame of being exposed and committed suicide. We want to make the truth about our history known and tell everybody that no-one needs to be ashamed of who they are anymore.

Touko himself is an interesting character in a society where homosexuals are often stereotyped as people who have more in common with the opposite gender, than their own. Touko was a decorated war hero, a pianist and composer, a sophisticated, travelled man and a successful advertising artist. For the young women of Helsinki, he was the most eligible bachelor in town. This masculinity and immense charm, coupled with his modesty, is something that really fascinates us.

We want to expand the boundaries of the Finnish movie industry, both in style and content. We do feel that to be true to Touko’s story the language of the film has to be Finnish. However, we are making a visually stunning film where action speaks louder than words. We are making a movie that doesn't look or feel like it was produced in a small northern country. We like to sum the style of the film with the words "Boogie Nights meets The Pianist".

The movie is an unauthorized biographical film about Touko Laaksonen and the Tom of Finland Foundation is not involved in the project. We want to make sure that the film is faithful to Touko’s character and his life, thus we have consulted his close friends while working on the script. They have told us that Touko would be proud of the story and the overall style of the film. They’ve also told us that he would have had a good laugh reading it. That means a world to us.


             Olli Rahkonen as Touko                     Martti Manninen as Veli

OLLI RAHKONEN - Touko Laaksonen / Tom of Finland

After several appearances in television series and short films, Olli made his debut on the big screen as the male lead of the acclaimed feature film, 3 Simoa, in 2012.

MARTTI MANNINEN - Veli, Touko´s lover

Martti has received praise for his leading role in the play, Blood Brothers, at the Tampere Theatre. He has starred in various short films and will get his acting degree from Tampere University in 2014.

We are highly passionate new wave filmmakers of Finnish cinema. We feel it's a shame that in many ways, Touko's art is still a taboo. We want to change this by making a bold, exciting and sexy movie, something that has not been seen in Finnish cinema before. 

We have burning, passionate love for the subject. We have a dynamite first draft of the script. When finished, it will blow your mind. TOM the Movie teaser has been watched by more than 200 000 people who all want to see this film. Our social media is buzzing with roughly the population of Lithuania. We have gathered a team of top-notch professionals from all walks of life committed to the project. The team has already been working for a year to make the film happen. The things we've done so far include background research, script writing, finding suitable partners for the cause, shooting the teaser, building websites, launching a crowdfunding campaign and organising an exhibition celebrating Touko’s art.

To make Touko's fantasies come alive we need your support. Think about a crowded circus tent with trapeze artists having sex in the air as the audience roars in applause. That's Tom. That's what we want to bring to you. With your help we will make it happen.

The money raised from this campaign will go to funding pre-production. We want to create Touko's world as authentically as possible. That means endless hours of working on polishing the script, weeks of scouting locations both in Finland and abroad, seamstresses working for months to make clothes, designing sets and drawing storyboards to create a unique visual style, actors training intensively for the roles, casting for the smaller parts, etc. All this work needs to be done before we start shooting in the summer 2014.


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raised by 209 people in 2 months
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€40,000 EUR goal
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This campaign ended on November 10, 2013
Select a Perk
  • €2EUR
    Love & Support

    We promise to love you until the end of time. You'll also get your name to the "supporters" list (under the proud supporters list) on our website www.tomthemovie.com We'll publish the names after the campaign is finished.

    5 claimed
  • €5EUR
    Digital promo picture

    Get a picture of the star of our movie, Olli Rahkonen, dressed in leather. We’ll email the hot picture to you.

    34 claimed
  • €10EUR
    Be a proud supporter

    We'll publish your name as a premier supporter on our www.tomthemovie.com website. Be one of us.

    36 claimed
  • €12EUR
    Personal hand-written letter

    Our directors Henri Huttunen and Vesa Kuosmanen will write a personal hand-written thank you letter for you. Every letter is unique! Delivery by mail.

    9 claimed
  • €15EUR
    Video greeting

    Get a video where Olli Rahkonen as Touko says hello to all the fans of the film. We'll email the video to you.

    15 claimed
  • €20EUR
    I'm one of TOM's men

    Get your own picture to our Facebook photo gallery so that everyone can see that you’re one of TOM’s men! Send your picture to us and we’ll post it.

    18 out of 50 claimed
  • €30EUR
    TOM the movie badge

    Get a cool badge so that you can show everybody that you're a supporter of TOM the Movie! We'll mail the badge to you.

    24 claimed
  • €45EUR
    TOM the Movie poster

    Get a large TOM the Movie poster (also known as that hot guy on a red background with the title) to hang on your wall. Or perhaps the bedroom ceiling? The poster size is 420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 inches and we'll ship it to you.

    6 claimed
  • €50EUR
    You on our Facebook page

    We’ll publish something about you on our Facebook page and Twitter as a thank you. Be a star and show to the public that you are part of the project, you’re one of TOM’s men!

    4 out of 20 claimed
  • €60EUR
    Stimulus package

    For your pleasure! Includes: - A badge - A poster - A digital promo picture - A special and unique hand-written thank you letter from our directors We'll ship the badge, poster and unique thank you letter to you. You'll get the digital promo picture by email.

    4 claimed
  • €75EUR
    See the storyboard

    We'll email you the steamy storyboard art for one of our favorite scenes of the movie.

    5 claimed
  • €100EUR
    You and the directors

    Talk 10 minutes in Skype with our talented directors Henri Huttunen and Vesa Kuosmanen. You pick the topic, they’ll talk! Anything goes! The conversation will be held at a mutually agreed time. This perk also includes your name on our website.

    0 out of 100 claimed
  • €150EUR
    I SUPPORT T-shirt

    Get our cool ”I SUPPORT TOM the Movie” t-shirt! The shirt is red with the hot graphic and the text above. Show to the world that you’re a supporter of the movie and one of TOM’s men! T-shirts are available only here. We'll mail the T-shirt to you.

    7 claimed
  • €200EUR
    Signed photo of Olli or Martti

    Get a signed hot promo picture of Olli Rahkonen as Touko or Martti Manninen as Veli, it's your choice! Also includes a special thank you letter from your chosen actor. We'll ship the photo and the letter to you.

    2 out of 50 claimed
  • €250EUR
    Cum as you are package

    Dress up in TOM. Includes: - A t-shirt - A badge - A poster - A storyboard - A special and an unique hand-written thank you letter from our directors We'll ship the t-shirt, badge, poster and the unique letter to you, the storyboard you'll get by email.

    1 out of 50 claimed
  • €300EUR
    Double trouble

    Why settle for one hot guy when you can get two? Double trouble includes a personal video greeting from Olli Rahkonen as Touko and Martti Manninen as Veli and a hot signed picture of them dressed in leather. Every video is unique! We'll email the personal video and a signed hot promo picture to you.

    1 out of 40 claimed
  • €500EUR
    I want it all package

    You want it all? You'll get it all. T-shirt, poster, badge, storyboard, special video greetings, personal letters and everything else included in the perks up to this one. All that is TOM in one package!

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • €1,000EUR
    Script bound in leather

    Get the bold first draft of the script of the movie in a numbered leather-bound cover. For the first version the screenwriters went wild with no budget limitations in mind. The script will be signed by our main actors. We'll mail the script to you.

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • €5,000EUR
    Private Show&Dinner for two

    Olli Rahkonen as Touko and Martti Manninen as Veli will perform a private gig to you in Helsinki. This gig also includes a delicious dinner and drinks. Take your avec with you and enjoy the special evening! We will make a video for you about the evening and you’ll get it as a memory. List your favourite songs and prepare for the great evening with your partner or friend! This perk also includes you and your avec’s names on our website. Excluding travel expenses + accommodation.

    0 out of 5 claimed
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