Queer Film About Iconic Photographer “Mapplethorpe” Starring Matt Smith Gets March 2019 Release
Mapplethorpe is already on my list of queer films I am looking forward to watching next year. Starring Matt Smith, the movie will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films on March 1, 2019. Make sure to check out the official trailer!
I’m not sure how the actual movie will be like quality-wise, but the trailer does look amazing!
Here’s the synopsis!
Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film depicts Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here, he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public. Exploring the intersection of his art, his sexuality and his struggle for mainstream recognition, MAPPLETHORPE offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.
The upcoming movie was directed Ondi Timoner, who also co-wrote it with Mikko Alanne. Along with Matt Smith, the cast also includes Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Kerry Butler.
The film has a runtime of 102 minutes. Eliza Dushku, Ondi Timoner, Nate Dushku, and Richard J. Bosner serve as producers with Peter Palandjian, and Sam Maydew as executive producers.
Matt Smith is well-known in the geek fandom for playing the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor.
Smith also played a queer role in 2011’s Christopher and His Kind.
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