Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’ is a hit at Venice Film Festival

It seems there is no stopping the creative genius of Tom Ford. Having already brought Gucci and YSL back to the fashion forefront as well as starting his own fashion house -Tom Ford – the designer has decided to focus his artistic prowess on the silver screen, making his directorial debut in ‘A Single Man’.

The 99-minute piece showcased on Friday 11th September at Venice Film Festival to much acclaim. Based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood, the film explores the loves and losses of a gay man in 1960s Los Angeles, when being homosexual was disapproved my many.

The designer – who is himself, gay – protests however, that his film is ‘not about being gay… it’s really a film about love and isolation that I think all of us feel so it is very universal. When I see someone who sees the fil who say’s ‘it”s a gay story,’ I don’t even know what they are thinking, it just seems to me a human story.’

The starring role of ‘A Single Man’ is played by Colin Firth who won Venice Film Festival’s Coppa Volpi for best actor, while Ford himself captured the Queer Golden Lion for gay-themed movies – an unofficial award, independent of the festival.

Speaking of this film experience in comparison with the fashion world, Ford revealed:  Fashion ‘is a very fleeting and commercial art… This is pure expression.’

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