ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE



TORONTO PREMIERE

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE DIRECTED BY PAUL TSCHINKELART/NEW YORK USA, 2006, 79 MIN INSIDE OUT FILM FESTIVAL CO-PRESENTATION

Self-styled bad boy of photography, Mapplethorpe gained fame – and censorship – throughout the 80s with his images of New York's gay S&M underground while earning critical acclaim with his graceful portraits of women and flowers. Through interviews of Mapplethorpe, his partner, his first dealer, his disapproving father, his brother and even his priest, the film paints a portrait of an ambitious and talented artist who rose from a middle-class upbringing to become one of the most controversial figures in modern art.