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Tom of Finland - Daddy and the Muscle Academy screening + panel discussion

  • Prince Charles Cinema Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place London, England, WC2H 7BY United Kingdom (map)
 Tom of Finland Art (Photograph: Tom of Finland Foundation)

Tom of Finland Art (Photograph: Tom of Finland Foundation)

From 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

The Finnish Institute in London proudly presents an evening celebrating the art and influence of Tom of Finland.

Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920–1991) is one of the gay world’s few authentic icons. His drawings have had an enormous influence on the visual appearance, attitudes and self-understanding of gay people. Tom's ultimate leather men are known all over the world. They are key icons of Western visual culture.

The event kicks off with a panel discussion on Tom’s influence on fashion, not only in the leather community, but also putting it in a wider frame by looking at sexual liberation and the impact of popular erotic imagery on fashion in general.

The second half of the event consists of the screening of the classic documentary "Daddy and the Muscle Academy", the only film ever made with Tom of Finland himself. 

The film uses a variety of visual elements including, among others: Tom of Finland in his own words, A retrospective of Tom’s drawings, Tom’s men and their stories.

Please note : This event is suitable for those aged 18 and above only.

Details of panel speakers will be announced shortly. For further information please contact the Finnish Institute in London directly using the details below, or by following this link.

£10 / £7 for members of the Prince Charles Cinema


  • No accessible toilets
  • Assistance dog friendly
  • No BSL interpretation
  • Not fully accessible
  • No induction loop
  • No speech to text


  • Under £10
  • Not family friendly
  • No meet and greet
  • Over 18s only

    When you're there

    • No gender neutral toilets
    • May be alcohol
    • May be crowds
    • May be flashing lights
    • May be loud noises

    Contact The Finnish Institute in London if you have any questions about this event.

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