Mapplethorpe premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. At long last, we have a more detailed look at the highly-anticipated intimate portrait about the life of iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Mapplethorpe is best known for his black-and-white photography on BDSM gay sub-culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s in New York City. The biopic chronicles the controversial photographer’s journey as an artist growing up gay in 1950’s Queens, New York to reaching the heights of the art world. Mapplethorpe died due to AIDS at the age of 42 in 1989 at a Boston hospital.
Doctor Who alum Matt Smith portrays the iconic figure in the film directed by Ondi Timoner. The 46-year-old director also serves as one of the producers alongside Richard J. Bosner, Nate Dushku and Eliza Dushku. Yes, that Eliza Dushku of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame.
“Like any artist in many senses he was vilified at the time,” Smith tells EW.com. “But that’s because he was pushing the boundaries and the form and the envelope of that he was doing and the time he was in, and often the purpose of art is to do that.”
Also starring in the film are Carolyn McCormick as Joan Mapplethorpe, McKinley Belcher III as Milton Moore and Marianne Rendón as Patti Smith. The film hits theaters March 1, 2019. Check out the trailer below.
Mapplethorpe Movie Trailer