“Timoner offers a deft observation of Mapplethorpe’s evolving manipulation of his own image, in his pictures and his life, from polaroids to penises”
— David D’arcy, Screen Daily
DATE: 12 Mar 2019
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Director Ondi Timoner
Cast Matt Smith, Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Brandon Sklenar, McKinley Belcher III, and Mark Moses
Run Time 95min
Awards & Screenings
Tribeca Film Festival 2018, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival 2018 Audience Award Winner
Source The Film Collaborative
No photographer of the twentieth century was as renowned for his ability to capture such great beauty—and court such great controversy—as Robert Mapplethorpe.
Though he died nearly thirty years ago, Mapplethorpe’s name remains synonymous today with boundary-pushing and bold artistic contrasts, owing to both his gorgeous black-and-white prints of voluptuous flowers and his stunning, provocative nude studies of the BDSM subculture. From the early ’70s until his untimely death at age 42, the film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Featuring Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) and Marianne Rendón (as Patti Smith), the biopic 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.